Seconds, anyone? Eating up $24.6 million worth of tickets, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs defied box office gravity by falling a minuscule 19 percent to win the top spot yet again. The CG family film capitalized on good buzz and a lack of kid-friendly fare in theaters to best three new wide releases, raising its total gross to $60 million.
In a distant second place, Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis as an FBI agent in a futuristic world, opened to $15 million. That's a middling bow for a headliner like Willis, but the Die Hard star can hardly be blamed: His image was totally absent from much of the movie's marketing, including an odd poster campaign that featured human-robot hybrids in seductive poses.
At number three with $10 million, the much-hyped Fame (2009) failed to light up the sky like a flame, as it were. With no recognizable names among its youthful stars (the supporting cast features vets like Megan Mullally and Kelsey Grammer), the musical relied almost entirely on nostalgia for the 1980 original to fill seats.
But there was plenty of good news among holdovers this week on top of Meatballs' repeat victory. Raking in $6.9 million, Matt Damon's off-kilter comedy The Informant! fell just 34 percent in its second weekend, a sure sign of good word of mouth for the Steven Soderbergh-directed pic. Meanwhile, Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself stayed put for a third weekend in the top five with $4.8 million.
The Top 10:
1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - $24.6M
2. Surrogates - $15M
3. Fame - $10M
4. The Informant! - $6.9M
5. I Can Do Bad All by Myself - $4.8M
6. Pandorum - $4.4M
7. Love Happens - $4.3M
8. Jennifer's Body - $3.5M
9. 9 - $2.8M
10. Inglourious Basterds - $2.7M