Animated sequel "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" shone at the North American box office this weekend, industry figures showed Monday.

The follow-up to the 2009 movie based on the eponymous children's book about a food-making machine that spins out of control and bombards a town with meatballs took $34 million in its opening weekend.

The Sony Pictures Animation film knocked crime thriller "Prisoners" into second place, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The film, starring Hugh Jackman as a desperate parent in search of his child and Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective in charge of the investigation, pulled in $10.9 million in its second weekend, taking its total to $38.5 million.

In third place was Formula One motorsport drama "Rush," Ron Howard's acclaimed account of the famous duel for the 1976 world championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, earning $10 million in its opening weekend.

Fourth spot was occupied by "Baggage Claim," a romantic comedy about a lovelorn flight attendant who traverses America looking for Mr Right. The film debuted with $9 million.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's raunchy comedy-drama "Don Jon," written and directed by "The Dark Knight Rises" actor, took fifth with $8.7 million in receipts. The film sees Gordon-Levitt play a porn addict who seeks to change his ways in order to win the woman of his dreams played by Scarlett Johansson.

Horror sequel "Insidious: Chapter 2" slid to sixth place, taking $6.6 million. The film, starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson as a haunted husband and wife, is a follow-up to the successful 2010 horror flick "Insidious."

In seventh spot was "The Family," starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro as members of a mafia clan in witness protection living under the radar in France, earned $3.7 million.

Comedy-drama "Instructions Not Included," Eugenio Derbez's movie about a Mexican playboy who is suddenly presented with a child from a previous liaison and forced to become a father, came in eighth place, taking in $3.5 million.

Adult comedy "We're The Millers," about a bogus family attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States from Mexico, was in ninth place with $2.8 million.

Meanwhile, "Lee Daniels' The Butler," took in $2.4 million to round out the top 10. The Oscar-tipped drama, about the civil rights era seen through the eyes of a black White House servant played by Forest Whitaker, has earned $110.3 million since its release.

 

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