Megamind makes mega debut in US
Will Ferrell's plot to take over the US weekend box office has succeeded, with his animated super-villain comedy Megamind debuting as the number one movie with 47.7 million dollars, according to studio estimates.
Along with the voices of Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, the DreamWorks Animation release has Will's title character hatching a scheme to fill the void in his life after he finally defeats his superhero nemesis.
Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis' road-trip comedy Due Date opened at a strong number two with 33.5 million dollars. The Warner Bros romp features the two stars as mismatched travelling companions who hit the highway from Atlanta to Los Angeles.
Tyler Perry's drama For Coloured Girls, whose ensemble cast features Janet Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg, premiered solidly in third-place with 20.1 million. The Lionsgate release is based on Ntozake Shange's play "for coloured girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf".
The previous weekend's number one movie, Lionsgate's horror tale Saw 3D, fell to number five with 8.2 million, down a steep 66% from opening-weekend revenues.
While Megamind drew big family crowds on Saturday and Sunday, it was also the top draw on Friday, bringing in large numbers of adults without children, said Anne Globe, head of marketing for DreamWorks Animation.
"For us to be number one on Friday, it showed we did have a lot of appeal to teens, tweens and the date crowd," Globe said.
The three newcomers combined for a 100 million dollar haul, providing a big weekend for Hollywood, whose revenues have been lagging for most of the autumn season.
Overall revenues came in at 155 million dollars, up 29.5% from the same weekend a year ago, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.