LOS ANGELES (AP) - Stars-on-ice Will Ferrell and Jon Heder took
the box office gold for the weekend.
Paramount and DreamWorks' "Blades of Glory," with Ferrell and
Heder playing figure-skating rivals who become the sport's first
men's pair, debuted as the No. 1 movie with $33 million in ticket
sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Disney's animated adventure "Meet the Robinsons," about the
time-traveling journey of a brilliant but lonely orphan, debuted in
second place with $25.1 million.
The previous weekend's top movie - the Warner Bros. animated
tale "TMNT," a revival of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle"
franchise - slipped to fourth place with $9.2 million, down a steep
62 percent from its $24.3 million debut. "TMNT" raised its 10-day
total to $38.4 million.
After a monthlong surge, the overall box office declined. The
top 12 movies took in $115 million, down 13 percent from the same
weekend last year, when "Ice Age: The Meltdown" opened with $68
"This is still a good weekend, a pretty healthy one-two punch
with `Blades of Glory' and `Meet the Robinsons' at the top," said
Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By
Movie attendance is up 4 percent so far this year, Dergarabedian
Teaming with "Napoleon Dynamite" star Heder on "Blades of
Glory," Ferrell scored the second-best opening of his career,
behind last summer's "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky
Bobby," which took in $47 million in its first weekend.
"It starts with a great concept, and the whole picture was cast
so well," said DreamWorks spokesman Marvin Levy. "Another part of
the surprise was, we got a ton of very, very good reviews."
"Meet the Robinsons" played in about 3,400 theaters and did
especially well in a 3-D version at 600 cinemas, said Chuck Viane,
head of distribution for Disney. The studio did not have a precise
breakdown, but cinemas reported that screens playing the 3-D
version pulled in about double the grosses of theaters running the
regular 2-D version, Viane said.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and
Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures
will be released Monday.