The big winner at the box office today was the animated film "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." The film earned a very impressive $35 million over this weekend. Last week's top film "Prisoners" slid to second place earning an additional $11.3 million. The film that has been getting huge Oscar buzz has earned a total of $39 million. Ron Howard's "Rush" debuted in a disappointing third place, earning $10.3 million. Obviously, movie fans did not feel the need to rush into theaters to see this Formula One biopic. The comedy "Baggage Claim" debuted in fourth place earning $9.3 million and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new film "Don Jon" debuts in fifth place, earning $9 million.
Next weekend watch for seven new films to shake-up the box office charts. Debuting this Friday, October 4 are the George Clooney and Sandra Bullock film "Gravity" and the crime drama starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake "Runner Runner."
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cellphones and no texting, please don't talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don't forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com