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Meatballs reign at US box office

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is based on a 1978 children's book

Animated 3D comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs has topped the North American box office in its opening weekend, taking $30.1m (£18.6m).

It easily beat The Informant! - starring Matt Damon as a whistle blower with bipolar disorder - which opened in second with $10.5m (£6.5m).

Last week's number one, Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, was in third place, taking $10m (£6.2m).

Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Love Happens opened in fourth place.

NORTH AMERICAN BOX OFFICE TOP 10
1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs - $30.1m
2. The Informant! - $10.5m
3. I Can Do Bad All By Myself - $10m
4. Love Happens - $8.5m
5. Jennifer's Body - $6.8m
Source: Hollywood.com

The film, co-starring Aaron Eckhart, took $8.5m (£5.3m).

The top five was rounded out by horror film Jennifer's Body - also on its opening weekend - with $6.8m (£4.2m).

The film, penned by Diablo Cody - the Oscar-winning writer of Juno writer, stars Megan Fox as a possessed rock fan.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was adapted from a 1978 children's book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett.

It tells the story of a town where the weather comes in the form of food and drink and features the voices of Bruce Campbell, James Caan and Mr T.

Animated film 9 dropped to number six from last week's number two, taking $5.5m (£3.4m), while Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds slipped four places to number seven with $3.6m (£2.2m).

All About Steve slipped from four to eight, Sorority dropped three places to number nine and The Final Destination dropped five places to number 10.



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