The Denzel Washington flick Unstoppable kicked off the weekend on a high note, having a very nice opening on Friday. However, it was Megamind that proved to be the unstoppable one. For a second weekend in a row, the animated flick took the top spot at the box office.
Unstoppable looked like a contender on Friday when it took first place on its opening day. That day, it took in about $200,000 more than Megamind at the box office. However, the animated picture got a boost over the weekend as the younger set had a chance to hit the theaters.
By the end of the weekend, Megamind pulled in $30.1 million. Meanwhile, by the end of Sunday, Unstoppable had brought in $23.5 million. That was enough, though, for the Denzel Washington flick to land in second place.
At the bottom of the heap for the weekend, in fifth place, was Morning Glory. The romantic comedy/chick flick pulled in $9.6 million. This barely touched its reported $40 million budget.
Given the family appeal with Megamind, it's not surprising that it took the top spot for a second week in a row. Currently, it is the only real family-friendly choice in theaters; plus, it has the popular Will Ferrell giving voice to the title character, and Tina Fey and Brad Pitt are also amongst the movies stars.
Meanwhile, Unstoppable has a good story and the star power of Denzel Washington going for it. Unfortunately for it, the film just isn't as family-friendly as its animated competitor. While Megamind bears a PG rating, Unstoppable has the slightly less friendly PG-13 rating. Plus, some of its scenes may simply be too intense for young viewers.
However, both easily trump their competition. Due Date, which came in third with $15.5 million, is too raunchy for the family crowd. Skyline, which came in fourth with $11.7 million, is more appealing to the male crowd. Then, there is Morning Glory in fifth place, which has even more limited appeal--the subset of (primarily) females who are fans of chick flicks.