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'Megamind' tops 'Unstoppable' in Philly2Philly's Box Office Weekend Wrapup


Runaway trains, alien Invasions, romantic comedies are no match for animated super villains.Chris Pine in "Unstoppable." Photo: 20th Century Fox.

Ho Hum is the best way to describe the box office this weekend, as most of the new releases failed make a large impact in a big way.

Denzel Washington’s  runaway train flick Unstoppable (a.k.a Speed 3, with Chris Pine playing Sandra Bullock) managed an OK opening at number two with $23.5 million. This is on par with Tony Scott’s last spring release The Taking of Pelham 123, which tanked after a decent opening weekend. Unstoppable did open to stellar reviews, so the potential is there for the film to hold steady as the upcoming holiday approaches.

The other new release of the week, Morning Glory, was much more dismal, opening with $12.2 million. That film’s grosses date back to Wednesday, but even with a head start, Paramount’s fears about finding an audience for the strange rom-com hybrid were clearly justified.

As for the rest of the Top 10, the only other film to make an interesting impact was Megamind, the animated flick that topped the charts again, pulling in another $30 million.

Skyline, a low budget alien invasion flick, opened quasi decently at $11.7 million.

Due Date continues to hang in there, adding another $15.5 million, bringing the grand total to $59 million, which isn’t bad if the film can keep up those numbers looking forward.

The same cannot be said for Tyler Perry’s latest melodrama For Colored Girls, which drastically plummeted over 60%, only managing $6.75 million for the week.

The comic book themed Red finally fell out of the Top 5, but is now closing in on $80 million with another $5 million added to its total this weekend.

Finally, Paranormal Activity 2 clearly can claim the horror crown for the Halloween season, adding another $3.05 million, now standing at a frighteningly good $82 million.

Next week sees the arrival of a little film called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? No other film (or film studio) was stupid enough to take on Mr. Potter mano y mano so that remains the big release of the week. It will be interesting to see what current film with benefit most from Harry Potter overspill (Unstoppable?), and which films will suffer (Megamind?)

Tune in next week so how much of a magic spell Hogwarts casts on the box office.

Contact Jim Teti at jteti@philly2philly.com

Photo: 20th Century Fox