On the whole, the weather at the nation's box office was overcast this past weekend. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the sequel to the memorably titled animation film, took the No. 1 ranking in theaters on its debut. Box Office Mojo said the cheerful film, distributed by Sony's Columbia, raked in about $35 million over the period. That's better than the $30.3 million tally recorded by its predecessor when it opened in 2009.
A far different film, the dark crime suspenser Prisoners, fell to second place from the previous weekend's top position. According to Box Office Mojo figures the film's ticket take dropped 46% on a week-over-week basis, but that was still good enough to garner it $11.3 million. Time Warner arm Warner Bros. distributes the movie.
Racing in third position was the period Formula 1 saga Rush. On its opening weekend, the film took in $10.3 million, Box Office Mojo said. Directed by Hollywood veteran Ron Howard, Rush is distributed by Comcast's Universal.
Fourth and fifth place were taken by two other debuting movies, the comedies Baggage Claim and Don Jon. The former, starring Paula Patton, claimed $9.3 million in ticket receipts while the latter was close behind with $9 million, according to Box Office Mojo. 21st Century Fox unit Fox Searchlight distributes Baggage Claim, while privately held Relativity is responsible for Don Jon.
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