Megamind won the first weekend of November that is also, by no coincidence, the strongest we’ve had since the middle of July when Inception was in first place for a second time. This feat was achieved with the help of the other two new releases (Due Date and For Colored Girls) as well as very good overall holdovers.
Megamind opened with $46 million, in line with such other DreamWorks Animation titles as How to Train Your Dragon ($43.7 million), Madagascar ($47.2 million) or A Shark Tale ($47.6 million) but a bit less then similarly themed Despicable Me ($56.3 million) that came out just 3 months ago from Universal. With that in mind and the overall reception it has gotten (66% on RottenTomatoes) this should finish somewhere around $150-$200 million when all is said and done in North America.
Due Date was 2nd with $32.6 million, good opening for a Todd Phillips film in line with expectations but also a bit less then what The Hangover did more then 1 year ago ($44.9 million). Reception seems below average for this one with only 39% on RottenTomatoes and mixed reactions from the audience. But the holiday season will give this one a boost, enough to get it past $100 million overall, maybe even $120 million.
For Colored Girls is the latest in the very long running series of Tyler Perry movies with the big difference that this one is based on a book. A $19.4 million opening (in line with other Perry movies) was enough to land this in 3rd place with the competition not even remotely close.
And now to said competition, basically holdovers from prior weekends, namely Red and Saw 3D. Yes, you heard that right, Red in 4th place after 4 weekends beat last weekend’s winner Saw 3D. Red pulled in $8.6 million for a new total of $72.1 million so far while Saw 3D had a heavy drop and made $7.7 million for a total of $38.8 million in 11 days. It has beaten Saw 6 but it won’t pass anymore of its predecessors.
This week we have coming out wide Morning Glory, Skyline and Unstoppable, will any of them pass Megamind?