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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‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’
The animated family film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” debuted at the top of the box office this weekend earning an impressive $35 million.
In “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.” The film stars Bill Hader, Anna Faris and Will Forte.
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is rated PG for mild rude humor and has a run time of 1 hour and 35 minutes.
“Prisoners” slid one spot, landing in second place during its second week at the box office. The film earned an additional $11.3 million and has earned a domestic total of $39 million.
In “Prisoners,” when Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? The film stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.
“Prisoners” is rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout and has a run time of 2 hours and 23 minutes.
Ron Howard’s “Rush” debuted in third place at the box office this weekend, earning a disappointing $10.3 million. It’s apparent that movie fans did not feel the need to rush to theaters to see this Formula One biopic.
“Rush” is a re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The film stars Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde.
“Rush” is rated for sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use and has a run-time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.
The comedy “Baggage Claim” debuted in fourth place at the box office this weekend. The film earned $9.3 million.
In “Baggage Claim,” pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, Montana embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancé. The film stars Paula Patton, Taye Diggs and Jill Scott.
“Baggage Claim” is rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language and has a run-time of 1 hour and 36 minutes.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new film “Don Jon” debuted in fifth place at the box office this weekend. The film earned a domestic total of $9 million.
In “Don Jon,” a New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.
“Don Jon” is rated R for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, language and some drug use with a run-time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.
‘Insidious: Chapter 2’
“Insidious: Chapter 2” landed in sixth place at the box office during its third week in theaters. The film earned an additional $6.75 this weekend and has earned a total of $69.5 million in domestic receipts.
In “Insidious: Chapter 2,” the haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. The film stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey.
“Insidious: Chapter 2” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements and has a run-time of 1 hour and 46 minutes.
The mob comedy “The Family” landed in seventh place in its third week in theaters. The film earned an additional $3.7 million and has garnered a total of $31.7 million.
In “The Family,” the Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron.
“The Family” is rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality and has a run-time of 1 hour and 51 minutes.
‘Instructions Not Included’
The family comedy “Instructions Not Included” landed in eighth place at the box office during the film’s fifth week in theaters. The film earned $3.38 million this weekend and has earned a total of $38.6 million.
In “Instructions Not Included,” a man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces. The film stars Eugenio Derbez, Karla Souza and Jessica Lindsey.
“Instructions Not Included” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, thematic elements and language and has a run-time of 2 hours and 2 minutes.
‘We’re the Millers’
The raunchy comedy “We’re the Millers” is in ninth place at theaters during its eighth week in release. The film earned an additional $2.87 million and a total of $142 million in the U.S. and Canada.
In “We’re the Millers,” a veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. The film stars Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts.
“We’re the Millers” is rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity and has a run-time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’
The smash hit “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is hanging on to tenth place at the box office during its seventh week in theaters. The film earned an additional $2.42 million and has grossed a total of $110 million since its release into theaters.
In “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” as Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society. The film stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cusack.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking and has a run-time of 2 hours and 12 minutes.