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Posted at 5:01 AM ET, 11/15/2010

Weekend box office: 'Megamind' maintains top spot

By Jen Chaney

Megamind charms his way to the top ... again. (DreamWorks/Paramount)

"Megamind" stays in the top spot, Denzel Washington's runaway train makes for a modest box office success and a reportedly horrendous sci-fi flick outperforms the work of Han Solo.

All the details can be found in this weekend's box office rundown.

"Megamind" brought in another $30.1 million, making it the No. 1 movie in America for the second week in a row. While that's a respectable achievement, the superhero switcheroo still hasn't earned back the amount it cost to make it -- the animated movie has amassed a little more than $111 million worldwide against an estimated budget of $130 million. And (sorry, lovably bad blue guy) "Megamind" should expect its prospects to drop next weekend, when its key demographic turns its attention to that little potential indie sleeper "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1."

Denzel Washington and his out-of-control train thriller "Unstoppable" came in second place with $23.5 million. According to Box Office Mojo, that figure is practically identical to the opening weekend tally for "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," the 2009 action remake about an out-of-control subway train that, like "Unstoppable," starred Washington and was directed by Tony Scott. File that little nugget in an easily accessible section of your brain; that's just the sort of obscure fun fact that's sure to impress the relatives during Thanksgiving dinner.

Many critics didn't get a chance to see "Skyline" since Universal didn't screen it in advance for most reviewers. The ones who did see it? They didn't much care for it. But that didn't stop the sci-fi/horror release from bringing in $11.6 million, a figure that exceeded the amount earned over the weekend by "Morning Glory," a comedy that starred Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams and ended the weekend in fifth place, behind third-place finisher "Due Date" and fourth-place "Skyline."

"Glory" made $9.6 million from Friday through Sunday, and a total of $12.2 million since its Wednesday opening, which leads me to another fun fact: that's even less than the $13.1 million earned during the debut weekend of the 2007 Keaton debacle "Because I Said So." And that chick flick is considered a sanctioned form of torture by the military. (Just kidding. It isn't really. But it should be.)

One final item of note: "127 Hours" expanded its release from very limited last weekend (four theaters) to sightly less limited (22 theaters) and continued to score high per-screen averages. (This weekend's was $20,591). That brings the James Franco survival drama's total to $826,000. So all that concern about fainting doesn't seem to have caused much damage. Speaking of which, there seem to be fewer reports of people passing out now that the film is actually in theaters. Hmmm ... is the prone to light-headedness crowd opting for other multiplex fare? And, in a related story, does that perhaps explain the revenue generated by "Skyline" and "Morning Glory"?

Look, let's not even go through the charade of pretending that any movie other than "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is going to be No. 1 next week. So just click on the button next to "Potter" in the poll below, then move on with the dull daily business of life as a totally non-magical Muggle.

By Jen Chaney  | November 15, 2010; 5:01 AM ET
Categories:  Movies, Pop Culture  | Tags:  Weekend Box Office  
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Harry Potter. Duh.

Posted by: yellojkt | November 15, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Jen - why are you putting up a post at 5:01 AM? An unholy hours if ever there was one - or did you need to catch Willie Geist on Way Too Early?

Posted by: gvanderlek | November 15, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Jen - why are you putting up a post at 5:01 AM? An unholy hours if ever there was one - or did you need to catch Willie Geist on Way Too Early?

Posted by: gvanderlek | November 15, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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