It was a family-film festival at multiplexes this weekend, as Chicken Little and Zathura claimed the top two spots at the box office.
Chicken Little logged a second week at No. 1, dropping only 20 percent from its $40 million debut to $32 million, according to studio estimates. The kid-friendly flick was certainly helped by Friday’s Veterans Day holiday, which kept most children out of school. After 10 days, the Disney movie has grossed $80.8 million.
Far back at No. 2 was the young-skewing adventure Zathura, the latest adaptation of a Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji, The Polar Express) book. Directed by Elf’s Jon Favreau, the film debuted with a decent $14 million.
Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen’s thriller Derailed barely edged out 50 Cent’s semi-autobiographical drama Get Rich or Die Tryin’, earning $12.8 million to Get Rich’s $12.5 million. Get Rich played in two-thirds the number of theaters as Derailed, and perhaps some moviegoers stayed away when they heard about the isolated incidents of violence at some Get Rich showings. Since its debut last Wednesday, however, the film has earned $18.2 million.
Jarhead rounded out the top five, dropping 56 percent to $12.3 million in its second weekend and bringing its 10-day total to $47.1 million. Get I get a hoo-rah?