Animated 'Meatballs' sequel swallows up box office


LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) - The sequel to"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," where fruits, vegetablesand cheeseburgers come to life, devoured rivals at the movie boxoffice by taking in $35 million in ticket sales at U.S. andCanadian theaters.

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" outpaced car racingdrama "Rush," which pulled in $10.3 million from Friday throughSunday to finish third, behind last week's winner, Hugh Jackmandrama "Prisoners," which made $11.3 million, according to studioestimates on Sunday.

The "Cloudy" sequel, featuring the voices of Bill Hader andAnna Faris, follows a 2009 hit that saw the fictional island ofSwallow Falls devoured by giant food that plunges from the sky.

In the new installment, the food comes to life and evolvesinto "foodimals" that include a hippopotamus, eggplanatee and acheespider, a cheeseburger with sesame-seed eyes and french frylegs.

"Rush," from Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, tells thestory of the 1976 battle for the Formula One racingchampionship. Chris Hemsworth stars as Englishman James Hunt andDaniel Bruhl as his rival, Austrian Niki Lauda.

"Prisoners" stars Jackman as a father on a desperate searchfor his missing daughter.

Sony Corp's movie studio released "Cloudywith a Chance of Meatballs 2." "Rush" was distributed byUniversal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp."Prisoners" was released by Warner Bros., a unit of Time WarnerInc.

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