Not much of a surprise at this weekend’s box office as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took the top spot, raking in approximately $35M in its debut. (Read the Renegade Review here.) Not sure if the studio managers and pundits expected more, especially given the projected budget of about $78M. In other debuts, Ron Howard’s Rush took 3rd place with a little over $10M. The romantic comedy Baggage Claim took 4th while the Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed, written and acted Don Jon took 5th place, each with about $9M in ticket sales. Prisoners held on in its second week of release to snag 2nd place in this weekend’s theaters with just over $11M. Here’s the complete breakdown:

Position Title Weekend Total
1 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 $35.0M $35.0M
2 Prisoners $11.3M $39.0M
3 Rush $10.3M $10.3M
4 Baggage Claim $9.3M $9.3M
5 Don Jon $9.0M $9.0M
6 Insidious: Chapter 2 $6.8M $69.5M
7 The Family $3.7M $31.7M
8 Instructions Not Included $3.4M $38.6M
9 We’re the Millers $2.9M $142.4M
10 Lee Daniels’ The Butler $2.4M $110.3M

In non-top 10 news, Metallica Through the Never had strong support from fans, with an average of about $5,430 per screen across 308 screens for a cume of $1.7M in its opening limited release weekend. Next week brings us the Clooney/Bullock thriller Gravity from director Alfonso Cuarón along with Justin Timberlake and Ben Batfleck in Runner Runner. What did you see this weekend, and what’s next on your list? Let us know in the comments below.

Weekend box office estimates courtesy of Box Office Mojo

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