Sony scored big the first time around with ultra popular "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs", and it's sequel, which opened in 4,001 theaters worldwide, didn't disappoint. The animated sequel earned $35 million in its first weekend. Although, the film didn't hit the 40 million mark as some had predicted it would; it did out earn the first film, which scored 30 million in its debut week. Sony Pictures Animation has been victorious with their September releases. Last September Sony's Hotel Transylvania made 42 million during making its the best September opening to date.
One reason behind 'Chance 2' success could be due to the lack of animated competition. This summer has seen a shortage in release of animated picture, and many of them big lackluster to say the least. The next kid friendly film, "Free Birds", hits theaters in November giving 'Cloudy With a Chance 2' plenty of time to hold on to the top spot.
Box Office Top 5
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $35 million
2. Prisoners – $11.3 million
3. Rush – $10.3 million
4. Baggage Claim – $9.3 million
5. Don Jon – $9 million
This week Sandra Bullock and George Clooney's Gravity opens, along with Ben Affleck's crime drama Runner Runner.