As expected, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took the top spot at the box office this weekend, but it did not have the biggest September debut of all time as I incorrectly predicted. The animated sequel earned $35 million, good for the fourth highest opening of the month. This was well below my $48.1M projection.
Last weekend’s champ Prisoners fell a bit further than I anticipated grossing $11.2 million for second place (I predicted $12.7M). The rest of the top five was filled with newcomers as Ron Howard’s Rush got the bronze prize with a muted $10.3 million opening, well below my generous $17.2M projection. I did better with my estimates for the four and five spots as the Paula Patton romantic comedy Baggage Claim was fourth with $9.3 million (I said $9.5M) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon was fifth with $9 million (just above my $8M projection).
Be sure to check the blog later today for my projection for next weekend’s trio of newbies: Gravity, Runner Runner, and Metallica Through the Never.