Monsters vs Aliens was by far the blockbuster release of the week in the states, and it lived up to part of its name with a dominating $58.2m, the biggest debut of the year thus far, topping the $55.2m racked up by Watchmen. Not only did it top the charts, it managed to do so with 58 per cent of the gross coming from 3D screens, working out to enough to take it top of the charts on 3D tickets alone, according to figures gleaned from ComingSoon.net.
The Haunting in connecticut, the new Lionsgate horror filler, managed $23m with Knowing taking a 40.2 per cent second week drop to take $14.7m. I Love You, Man came in fourth with Duplicity rounding out the top five.
The Monsters vs Aliens blockbuster opening is likely to bring about new talks of the potential for 3D movies, although I would argue that there still remains a long way to go before 3D comes headlong into the mainstream when you have something to open against and it’s not squarely aimed at the young children market.
Knowing, the new Nicolas Cage film, a genre in itself these days, reigned supreme at the US box-office over the weekend, racking up an impressive $24.8m over the three days. This was enough to knock I Love You, Man into second, taking a slightly disappointing $18m with Duplicity, the return of Julia Roberts (although she kind of returned with Charlie Wilson’s War a little way back), was another disappointment, taking only $14.4m despite relatively good reviews. This has prompted a few commentators to question the bankability of Roberts in the modern day.
Outside of that, Race to Witch Mountain slightly under half in its second week to $13m with Watchmen propping up the top five with $6.7m. It means the total gross of the latter currently remains under $100m for its domestic take.