We live in dark and dangerous times. The box office this past weekend revealed that families want, seek, and need uplifting, inspirational, redemptive family entertainment.This past weekend Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was the top movie at the box office. This animated Sony sequel earned $35 million in its debut weekend. The original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs brought in $30.3 million, during its opening weekend in 2009. Again, a good family movie is a winner at the box office. Not only in the U.S. have we seen top earning family movies. In the UK box office, Wreck-It Ralph and The Croods, both computer-animated family films, were top earning films 2013’s first quarter.
Other top earning, redemptive, family movies in the U.S. have included the following in 2013: Oz: The Great and Powerful, Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, and Iron Man Three. See the List below.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The sequel to the well-received original Cloudy With Meatballs movie, which was based on the children’s book, matched the box office earnings of the original movie.
Oz the Great and Powerful
Oz the Great and Powerful honors the original Wizard of Oz movie and adds redemptive character development for the “wizard” to make it a good family movie with moral value. Oz learns that he becomes great and powerful, when he serves others with goodness.
Over the fourth of July weekend for 2013 animated family films continued to beat out star-studded, summer, action movies. Sequel Despicable Me 2, featuring the voice of Steve Carrell, has had the second highest historical opening for the July 4 weekend. Despicable Me’s minions marched past the ride of Disney’s Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger
Cumulatively, Disney’s animated Monsters University, a prequel to 2001 blockbuster animated Monsters Inc. with the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, beat out in gross receipts to date star-studded, action movies: The Lone Ranger, The Heat, World War Z and White House Down.
Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3 was the fifth highest grossing movie of all time. It surpassed Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Iron Man earned an estimated $1.18 billion in worldwide ticket sales.