Lots of stuff opening this weekend, plus a few interesting holdovers, but Ruben Fleischer's excellent familial bonding comedy by way of a zombie apocalypse, Zombieland is easily the champ, grossing $9.4m, which I'm seeing is good enough for a solid $23.5m estimate through Sunday.
Coming in 2nd was the 3D animated foodie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs ($3.7m), which I refused to check out after the last second-tier, big budget animated extravaganza, Monsters vs. Aliens was an utter wreck. 3rd was a re-release of the first two Toy Story films in 3D, packaged as a double feature ($3.2m)
The Ricky Gervais comedy The Invention of Lying ($2.4m) came in 4th ahead of Jonathan Mostow's Surrogates ($2.2m) and Drew Barrymore's Whip It ($1.5m), which I saw today and is actually a decent little child liberation dramedy with a ton of spunk and hair-colored energy -- I'll talk about it a bit later in the day.
Poor MGM, the once grand and luxurious lion of the studio system is now a fledgling duck. Fame, it's first release since Bryan Singer's Valkyrie, really tanked this week after a terrible opening last week. They can't even cash in on the High School Musical crowd.
Top 10: (Friday)
1. Zombieland (Sony/Columbia) - $9.4
2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Sony/Columbia) - $3.7
3. Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D (Buena Vista) - $3.2
4. The Invention of Lying (Warner Bros.) - $2.4
5. Surrogates (Buena Vista) - $2.2
6. Whip It (Fox Searchlight) - $1.5
7. Capitalism: A Love Story (Overture) - $1.5
8. Fame (MGM) - $1.4
9. The Informant! (Warner Bros.) - $1.1
10. Love Happens (Universal) - $.9