3D cartoon ‘Megamind’ animates box office

LOS ANGELES, Nov 7 (BestGrowthStock) – A 3D cartoon about a hapless
supervillain led the North American box office to its best
weekend in more than three months, according to studio
estimates issued on Sunday.

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc’s (DWA.O: ) “Megamind” opened at
No. 1 with $47.7 million, falling short of industry predictions
of a $50 million-plus opening. But a similar fate befell the
studio’s March release “How to Train a Dragon,” which went on
to become a big hit.

“Megamind” revolves around a hapless criminal voiced by
Will Ferrell, and is not to be confused with the recent hit
cartoon “Despicable Me,” which revolved around a hapless
criminal voiced by Steve Carell.

“Due Date” followed at No. 2 with $33.5 million, in line
with expectations. The Warner Bros. comedy stars Robert Downey
Jr and Zach Galifianakis as an odd couple forced to endure each
other on a road trip, and is not to be confused with “Planes,
Trains and Automobiles,” the 1987 comedy starring Steve Martin
and John Candy.

Also new was prolific filmmaker Tyler Perry’s latest
exploration of the condition of black women, “For Colored
Girls.” The Lionsgate adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s play about
a group of women dealing with abuse issues, opened at No. 3
with $20.1 million, also in line with forecasts.

The top-five was rounded out by the Summit Entertainment
crime drama “Red,” starring Bruce Willis, holding steady at No.
4 with $8.9 million in its its fourth week; and last weekend’s
champion, the Lionsgate horror “Saw 3D,” which slid to No. 5
with $8.2 million. Their respective totals rose to $71.9
million and $38.8 million.

Sales for the top 12 films came in at about $146 million,
according to the box office division of Hollywood.com. It marks
the highest tally since July 23-25, when reigning champion
“Inception” drove sales to $155 million.

“Megamind” was released by Viacom Inc’s (VIAb.N: ) Paramount
Pictures under a distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation.
Warner Bros. is a unit of Time Warner Inc (TWX.N: ). Lionsgate is
a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp (LGF.N: ). Summit
Entertainment is privately held.
(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing Eric Beech)

3D cartoon ‘Megamind’ animates box office