Megamind draws mega numbers at box office


Megamind , DreamWorks’ third 3D CG animation this year after Shrek Forever After and How To Train Your Dragon , made big numbers at the box office this weekend.

All but confirming that DreamWorks’ commitment to 3D and CGI was a step well-placed, the flick took $47m in 3,944 theatres and claimed the number one spot.

It easily beat competition from other new-openers Due Date (in second, $33m) and For Coloured Girls (third, $20m), and helped audience attendance leap by a massive 77%.

In fourth place, Bruce Willis and his fellow fogies proved they still had it with Red ($8.8m), while Saw 3D plunged from first to fifth with $8.2m.

Further proving that Halloween is now but a distant memory, Paranormal Activity 2 slid from second to sixth ($7.2m), while Jackass 3D fell (no doubt comically) from fourth to seventh ($5m).

Rounding out the bottom end of the top ten was Clint Eastwood’s thoughtful Hereafter ($4m), Disney horse flick Secretariat ($4m) and The Social Network ($3.6m).

Next week, Denzel Washington’s Unstoppable opens. Will that title prove prophetic?

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.