'Megamind' Finishes First

on November 07, 2010 by Phil Contrino

According to studio estimates, Megamind will post a healthy $47.65 million during its debut frame. This gives Paramount its third #1 opening in four weekends. That's enough to top the $43.7 million opening of How to Train Your Dragon this past March. Paramount is reporting that 66% of the gross came from 3D shows, of which 7% was IMAX. 52% of the audience was under 25, and 57% was female. The sci-fi flick received an overall A- rating from CinemaScore.

Due Date is also off to an excellent start. The latest from director Todd Phillips is on pace for $33.5 million, which is second only to The Hangover's $45 million opening in Phillips' career. Due Date has a B- overall CinemaScore grade and an A- from the under 18 crowd. Warner Bros. is reporting that 53% of the audience was male and 59% was under 35.

For Colored Girls is set for $20.1 million, and that's Tyler Perry's worst opening since 2008's The Family That Preys grabbed $17.4 million. $21 million is still a strong debut even if it's far from a personal best for Perry. The multi-hyphenate stepped out of his comfort zone a bit with For Colored Girls, so it may take a little while for word to spread that he's still delivered a solid flick. The drama snagged an A rating from CinemaScore, which is a very good sign that it'll hold up. Lionsgate is reporting that 82% of the audience was female and 87% was over 25.

Director Danny Boyle's 127 Hours grabbed a very healthy $265,925 from only four locations for an average of 66,481. By comparison, Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire did $360,018 from 10 locations. That's a healthy start for a film that may be tough for a lot of viewers to stomach. The Kids Are All Right is still the best platform opening of the year with $491,971 from seven locations.

Fair Game's $700K debut from 46 locations is respectable enough. The political drama really needs to generate more Oscar buzz in order to compete during the heart of the fall season.

Overall receipts totaled $156 million, which is a 29.6% increase over the same weekend last year. 2010's total domestic haul is currently 3.1% ahead of 2009's at the exact same point in the year.

Check back tomorrow for weekend actuals.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: Megamind, For Colored Girls, Due Date

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