The stop-motion animated Coraline scored big at the box office, raking in $16.3 million. But other genre entries, Push and Fanboys, lost out to Paul Blart, Mall Cop and He's Just Not That Into You.
It was pretty much all good news for Coraline, which raked in an impressive average of $7,105 per screen. Henry Selick's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book came in third for the weekend, better than expected, and much better, on a per-screen basis, than other stop-motion animation films like Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. (Here's a handy chart.) Also, more than 70 percent of the movie's take came from 3-D screens, proving that people were willing to go out of their way and pay extra to see it in the best format.
Push, meanwhile, had a "moderate" opening with $10.2 million, says Rotten Tomatoes. It came in sixth for the weekend, with a "decent" $4,410 per screen. Besides Blart, Coraline and He's Just Not That Into You, the movie lost out to Pink Panther 2 and Taken. Sci Fi Wire puts a braver face on the news, saying Push's opening exceeded expectations, which had put the gross in the $6 million to $8 million range. (EW calls Push's gross "good enough.")
As for the long-awaited Fanboys, it basically failed to register, making a total of only about $164,000.