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Arts and Entertainment

Box Office Review: It's Zombieland!

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In a bit of a surprise, Zombieland roared to the top of the weekend box office. Despite a relative lack of stars, the black comedy pulled in $25M to easily top powerhouse Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ($16.7M | $82.3M). The re-release of Toy Story | Toy Story 2 in 3D proved potent as the Pixar dinosaurs raked in $12.5M in their re-debut. Ricky Gervais continues to struggle as a big-screen star as his Invention of Lying brought in only $7.3M in its opening frame. High-concept bomb Surrogates rounded out the top 5 ($7.3M | $26.3M).

The second half of the top 10 was led by Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story ($4.8M | $5.2M) which may or may not have held off Drew Barrymore's Whip It ($4.8M). Monday's final numbers will reveal the actual numbers. After that it was the crappy Fame ($4.7M | $16.6M), the funny The Informant! ($3.8M | $26.5M), and the dreadful Love Happens ($2.7M | $18.9M). The limited release crowd was led by A Serious Man which earned a huge $42,000 per theater. The Lebron James doc, More Than a Game fared well, too ($14,071 per).