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'Meatballs' sequel swallows up box office

30 September 2013, 08:30

Los Angeles - The sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, where fruits, vegetables and cheeseburgers come to life, devoured rivals at the movie box office by taking in $35m in ticket sales at US and Canadian theatres.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 outpaced car racing drama Rush, which pulled in $10.3m from Friday through Sunday to finish third, behind last week's winner, Hugh Jackman drama Prisoners, which made $11.3m, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

The Cloudy sequel, featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris, follows a 2009 hit that saw the fictional island of Swallow Falls devoured by giant food that plunges from the sky.

In the new installment, the food comes to life and evolves into "foodimals" that include a hippopotamus, eggplanatee and a cheespider, a cheeseburger with sesame-seed eyes and french fry legs.

Rush, from Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, tells the story of the 1976 battle for the Formula One racing championship. Chris Hemsworth stars as Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as his rival, Austrian Niki Lauda.

Prisoners stars Jackman as a father on a desperate search for his missing daughter.

Sony's movie studio released Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Rush was distributed by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast. Prisoners was released by Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner.

- Reuters

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