Clapboard: Monster Debut for Animated Flick

LOS ANGELES ~ Animated comedy Monsters vs. Aliens scared up huge earnings at the North American box office at the weekend, scoring the biggest opening of the year with a whopping US$59.3 million.

The animated romp, featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen and Hugh Laurie, crushed the competition in the United States and Canada, netting 42.7 percent of total earnings of the top 12 films.

The film tells the story of a ragtag group of monsters who are ordered to help battle invading aliens and save the world from destruction.

Opening in second place was The Haunting in Connecticut, a supernatural thriller about a family who are terrorized by supernatural forces when their charming new home turns out to be a former funeral parlor.

The film, starring Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner, took a healthy $23 million over the weekend.

In third place was Knowing, the sci-fi action thriller starring Nicolas Cage, which took in $14.7 million.

Buddy comedy I Love You, Man with Paul Rudd joking his way though love of fellow man, earned $12.7 million. It was trailed distantly by Duplicity, the Julia Roberts-Clive Owen spy romp with $7.7 million.

Following the top five were Race to Witch Mountain, the Disney adventure, which took in $5.8 million; kidnapping action flick 12 Rounds with $5.3 million; and Watchmen.

Watchmen, which follows the lives of superheroes in an alternate 1985 America in Director Zack Snyder’s faithful adaptation of Allan Moore’s classic graphic novel, took $2.73 million.

The thriller Taken brought in $2.7 million, and The Last House on the Left, a remake of a 1972 Wes Craven horror flick, rounded out the top 10 with $2.6 million.

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