'Zombieland' tops Friday boxoffice
'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' still strongSony grabbed the two top boxoffice rungs Friday, as action comedy "Zombieland" stalked an estimated $9.4 million in its first day and the distributor's leggy 3D animated feature "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" served up $3.7 million.
The "Zombieland" tally was on the lower end of prerelease expectations, with the Woody Harrelson starrer now challenged to reach a forecasted range for its opening of $25 million-$30 million. But "Meatballs" looks headed for another meaty session and totes cumulative domestic boxoffice of $69.3 million through 15 days in release.
Elsewhere in the daily pecking order, Disney may not have a studio chief pending a successor to the recently ousted Dick Cook, but two of its films figured among Friday's top five boxoffice performers.
Disney's double-feature release of 3D versions of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" was third on the day with $3.3 million from 1,745 3D screens. And its Bruce Willis starrer "Surrogates" registered $2.2 million in fifth place with a $21.3 million cume from the scifi thriller's first eight days.
Warner Bros.' Ricky Gervais comedy "The Invention of Lying" fetched $2.5 million in fourth place from its first day in the marketplace. Fox's roller-derby drama "Whip It," produced by Fox Searchlight, had a softer inaugural outing with $1.6 million in sixth place.
Also, Overture Films expanded the Michael Moore documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story" into 962 locations after one weekend of bi-coastal exclus. "Capitalism" rung up $1.5 million in seventh place on the day for a $1.9 million cume.