Box Office: Monsters vs. Aliens battles to the top

Regardless of who won the on-screen battle, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS was the clear winner at the box office, easily outdistancing the #2 film THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT and making as much as the next four films combined. Making its debut in 4,104 North American Theatres, the DreamWorks animated film earned an impressive $58.2-million.

Also making its debut this weekend was HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, although on many fewer screens (2,732), where it earned an okay $23-million. Even with a sharp second, weekend drop-off, the Lionsgate release stands a good chance of surpassing this year’s previous ghost story films, the UNINVITED ($26-million total), though it has a way to go to match THE UNBORN ($42.6-million).

As for holdover science-fiction, fantasy, and horror films…

KNOWING dropped from #1 to #3 in its second weekend, earning $14.7-million. The two-week total is $46.2-million.

RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN sped from fourth to sixth place, adding $4.6-million to its three-week total of $53.3-million.

WATCHMEN saw their position shift from #5 to #8, where it earned $2.8-million. After four weeks the total is $103.3-million.

LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT collapsed four places, winding up in tenth place with $2.6-million, yielding a three-week total of $28.5-million.

Read the complete Top  Ten here.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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