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Box Office 11/7/2010

The animated superhero comedy “Megamind” ruled the box office opening day. Boasting voice-over contributions from Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt, who was happy to lay off the makeup and wardrobe for his latest role, the movie opened in first place with $12.5 million.

“Megamind,” a tale of a villain looking to flex his evil skills, barely inched ahead of “Due Date” for the #1 spot, with the Dreamworks offering fending off the Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. comedy with just a $300,000 lead. The latest from “Hangover” director Todd Phillips raked in $12.2 million in Friday box-office sales.

Debuting in third place is the all-star drama “For Colored Girls.” Tyler Perry’s screen adaptation of the landmark 1975 Ntozake Shange stage production “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” arrived in theaters with $7.4 million. Featuring a diverse ensemble, which includes Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Janet Jackson, Tessa Thompson and Whoopi Goldberg, the film’s stars say the movie is “a great statement on sisterhood and community.”

The torture thriller “Saw 3D” continued to scare up ticket sales after its big Halloween-weekend debut. The latest installment in the horror franchise took the fourth-place slot at the Friday box office, picking up about $2.6 million. Friday’s number tips the film’s total haul to around $33 million.

The assassin, action flick “Red” kicked off the weekend in fifth place. Heavy on firepower and fiery performances from Hollywood veterans Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich, the film scored $2.5 million. The Friday figure bumps the film’s total tally to roughly $65 million.


Box Office 10/31/2010

“Saw 3D,” the latest installment in the mega-successful, horror series, snagged the top spot at the Friday box office. The legacy of Jigsaw’s deadly traps lives on in the torture franchise’s latest screen turn, picking up $9 million opening day.

Fright films held the top two spots as moviegoers prepared for the Halloween weekend. “Paranormal Activity 2,” which burst into theaters last week with over $40 million, took the second-place slot Friday with $5.8 million. The creepfest went into the weekend with a total estimated tally of almost $55 million.

The action comedy “Red” remained a strong pick among moviegoers, coming in third place. The assassin-powered romp, which stars screen heavyweights Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis, made $3.4 million. The figure ups the movie’s total estimated haul to just over $51 million.

The stunt-crammed, prankster behemoth “Jackass 3D” continued its run in the box-office top five. The “Jackass” guys’ latest installment of freak-out tricks took fourth place, and raked in around $3.1 million on Friday. The film’s total estimated gross now stands at about $96 million.

The supernatural drama “Hereafter” landed in the fifth-place slot. Boosted by a heartfelt performance from Hollywood vet Matt Damon as a psychic dealing with the consequences of his unique talent, the film follows the lives of three people grappling with their relative proximities to the afterlife. The flick snagged about $2 million Friday; a figure which bumps film’s total haul to about $18 million.


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