He may be small in stature, but Chicken Little is now a big movie star.
The new Disney computer-animated flick based on the popular children’s tale grossed $40.1 million this weekend, according to studio estimates, enough to claim the top spot at the box office. In the computer-animated scheme of things, it’s an okay number — nowhere near the approximately $70 million tallies the Pixar movies usually score, but above the $36 million debut of Fox’s Robots earlier this year.
Placing second with a very impressive $28.3 million was the Gulf War drama Jarhead, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx. Though the film earned mixed reviews, the popularity of Foxx combined with all the buzz surrounding Gyllenhaal (perhaps the most interesting young actor working today) certainly helped its case.
Saw II dropped 46 percent to $17.2 million for third place, followed by The Legend of Zorro, which slipped 39 percent to $10 million in its second week. And the underrated Meryl Streep/Uma Thurman comedy Prime saw a tiny drop of only 15 percent to $5.3 million, meaning the few people who saw the film last weekend must have told their friends how hysterical it is. Which I’ve been telling you for two weeks now, so what are you waiting for?