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DreamWorks’ ‘Megamind’ Is No. 1 Film for 2nd Weekend

The animated comedy “Megamind” led ticket sales at theaters in the U.S. and Canada for a second weekend, generating $29.1 million for DreamWorks Animation Inc. and distributor Paramount Pictures.

“Unstoppable,” an action film starring Denzel Washington, opened in second place with $22.7 million, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement. The science-fiction thriller “Skyline” opened with $11.7 million.

“Megamind,” featuring Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell, is the third film from Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation to open in first place this year. The results have helped put Paramount, owned by Viacom Inc., in second place among distributors this year with $1.5 billion in domestic ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo.

“It was a little bit of a stretch to think that an action film could top such a family friendly market right now,” said Jeff Bock, box-office analyst for Los Angeles-based researcher Exhibitor Relations Co. “Now that we’re in the holiday season, family films and, more specifically, animated films rarely drop from weekend to weekend very significantly.”

DreamWorks Animation’s previous 2010 releases were “How to Train Your Dragon,” with $217.6 million in domestic sales, and “Shrek Forever After,” with $238.4 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

‘Unstoppable’

In “Megamind,” a criminal genius voiced by Ferrell finally outwits superhero Metro Man, played by Pitt. In the wake of his victory, Megamind must decide how to respond to the arrival of a another, rival villain. The film has taken in $88.8 million since it was released on Nov. 5.

In “Unstoppable,” Washington plays a veteran engineer and Chris Pine portrays an inexperienced conductor. They team up in an effort to halt a runaway train carrying flammable materials. The movie, from News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox, was directed by Tony Scott.

Warner Bros.’ “Due Date” dropped to third place from second with $15.4 million. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as a man trying to get home in time for the birth of his first child. After missing his flight, he hitches a ride with an aspiring actor played by “The Hangover” co-star Zach Galifianakis.

‘Morning Glory’

“Skyline,” from Universal Pictures, was fourth. In the movie, a group of friends awaken one morning to find that humanity is under attack from an otherworldly force. The film stars Eric Balfour and Scottie Thompson.

The romantic comedy “Morning Glory,” from Paramount, finished fifth with $9.2 million in receipts. It stars Rachel McAdams as the producer of a morning television show. Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton play the show’s egotistical co-anchors.

“The adult market, they don’t necessarily rush out to see a film,” said Bock. “It’s hard to say that this is a ‘fail’ right away. We’ll know more in week four or five, depending on how it holds up over the Thanksgiving holiday.”

The weekend’s top 12 films grossed $111.7 million, down 14 percent from a year earlier, according to Hollywood.com. This year’s total increased to $9.14 billion, up 3.3 percent from a year earlier. Total attendance is down 1.9 percent.

The amounts below are based on actual ticket sales for Nov. 12 to Nov. 14.



                     Rev.             Avg./    Pct.   Total
Movie                (mln)  Theaters  Theater  Chg.   (mln)  Wks
================================================================
1 MEGAMIND           29.1    3,949    7,374    -37     88.8    2
2 UNSTOPPABLE        22.7    3,207    7,075     --     22.7    1
3 DUE DATE           15.4    3,365    4,582    -53     58.9    2
4 SKYLINE            11.7    2,880    4,060     --     11.7    1
5 MORNING GLORY       9.2    2,518    3,655     --     11.8    1
6 FOR COLORED GIRLS   6.5    2,127    3,064    -67     30.7    2
7 RED                 5.0    2,878    1,728    -43     79.7    5
8 PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3.0    2,403    1,240    -58     81.9    4
9 SAW 3-D             2.9    1,976    1,449    -63     43.6    3
10 JACKASS 3-D        2.2    1,607    1,391    -55    114.6    5
11 SECRETARIAT        2.2    2,019    1,092    -46     54.7    6
12 SOCIAL NETWORK     1.8    1,088    1,627    -48     87.8    7


Top 12 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $111.7        $129.5      -13.7


Year-to-date Revenue

     2010          2009
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $9,136        $8,842       +3.3


Year-to-date Attendance:      -1.8%

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael White in Los Angeles at mwhite8@bloomberg.net; Andrew Frye in New York at afrye@bloomberg.net.

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