Audiences Eat Up $34 Million Worth of “Meatballs”

Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opened in the United States this weekend in first place with a gross of $34 million. Its debut was stronger than the original film’s $30.3M opening, but its per-theater fell by 10%. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, its opening was noticeably weaker than Sony’s last film, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Hotel Translyvania, which premiered on the same weekend last year with $42.5 million. Cloudy 2 has a bright future ahead of it though. No animated family films will open until November 1, when Relativity releases Free Birds.


  • Toonio

    Is weak in the same order of magnitude as Monsters U but lucky Sony, there in nothing else in the horizon.

  • Blues

    I don’t think it comes anywhere near the quality of the first film but to each their own. The plot was muddled, oddly paced and ultimately unfulfilling. It sure looked nice though.

  • Tom

    No talkback article? :(

    • Inkan1969

      I was wondering about that. How come there’s no talkback article?

  • Mega Jimmy Dougherty

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  • hitface

    god i loved this movie, it was so beautiful and fun! there were lots of fun details in the character design as well, especially barb the orangatan. i was glad i saw it in the theatre so i could see all the specks of glitter in her nails, and the fact that there was star shaped glitter in them too. Chester V was also completely ridiculous to watch, and I love that his body seemed to be entirely made of lightbulb shapes. Im glad that the movie is doing well, I hope it keeps doing even better.

  • GS

    You must be confused, I think they mean weak as in its monetary gain over the weekend was weaker than the first film.

  • Laughing Hyena

    There are actually plenty of people who don’t like Steve Jobs at all. I remember that people interviewed from Atari for “The Ultimate History of Video Games” book that I have: Either liked him or outright despised him (And that it was very hard working under him).

    I haven’t seen the film yet, but it’s refreshing to actually hear something in the media not treat Steve Jobs as some great Tech-God without any flaws.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Apple_Inc.

    • Little Neddy

      Yes, I’m sure there are people who don’t like Steve Jobs. The vast majority, however, don’t work at animation companies in direct competition with the company Jobs brought to international prominence and is presently kicking that company’s backside commercially. Vested interest much?

  • Inkan1969

    Surely this film isn’t the first animated feature that bashed some other cultural icon. How about all the Disney bashing in the “Shrek” movies?

  • Sarah

    I loved this movie! So many puns…the food characters are adorable and the animation was incredible.

  • George Comerci

    It was a really great movie, and I hope the Box Office performance will improve over time.