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Sony's 3D Toon 'Meatballs' Takes Bite Out of Box Office

September 20, 2009

Meatballs equaled money as Sony's launch of 3-D toon "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" dominated an otherwise downbeat domestic weekend box office with $30.1 million at 3,119 playdates.

"Meatballs" posted the best opening weekend ever for a Sony Pictures Animation feature, eclipsing the $23.6 million launch for "Open Season" in the fall of 2006. It's the first project to emerge from Sony's animated arm since "Surf's Up" underperformed in 2007 with a $58 million cume; it's also the debut title from the team of Sony Pictures Digital Production chief Bob Osher and animation prexy Hannah Minghella. Read More