Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 took in $1.08 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. Sony's 3D computer animated sequel was essentially unchanged from Wednesday's performance, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. In general, films aimed at family audiences held up significantly better on Thursday than films aimed at adults. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $39.06 million. That was 21 percent below the $49.66 million one-week take of last year's Hotel Transylvania and 10 percent ahead of the $35.44 million first week performance of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. With Warner's Gravity entering the marketplace today, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is widely expected to fall to second place this weekend.
Speaking of Gravity, the Alfonso Cuarón directed sci-fi film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was off to a healthy late night start. Gravity took in an estimated $1.4 million from late shows that began at 10 p.m. on Thursday night. As is commonplace, those grosses are expected to be counted towards Friday's opening day performance. The late night launch of Gravity was a promising 27 percent stronger than the $1.1 million late night launch of Oblivion back in April. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the box office progress of Gravity.
Turning back towards Thursday, fellow Warner Bros. release Prisoners grossed $0.794 million to hold steady in second place. The thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal fell 8 percent from Thursday. As mentioned, films aimed at adults tended to experience significant daily declines on Thursday, which were due in part to the late night launch of Gravity. Prisoners placed in second for the week with $14.49 million. That was down 48 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a solid $42.18 million.
Universal's Rush took in $0.735 million to remain in third place. The Ron Howard directed racing film starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl was down 11 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of Thursday's poorer daily holds among wide releases. Rush placed in third for the week with $13.43 million and has now grossed $13.69 million through two weeks of release.
Relativity's Don Jon rounded out its first week in theaters with a fourth place take of $0.711 million. The R-rated comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson fell 8 percent from Wednesday. While it finished behind Fox Searchlight's Baggage Claim over the weekend, thanks to stronger midweek grosses Don Jon did outpace Baggage Claim for the week as a whole with a fourth place seven-day take of $11.92 million.
Baggage Claim rounded out Thursday's unchanged top five with $0.403 million for the day. The romantic comedy starring Paula Patton was down a sharp 13 percent from Wednesday. Baggage Claim placed in fifth for the week with a solid seven-day start of $11.06 million.