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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 11/14/2010

BOX OFFICE: Reigning champ 'Megamind' (and 'SNL' parody) derails 'Unstoppable'

By Michael Cavna


Blunted by the power of an animated Will Ferrell, the debut of "Unstoppable" proved, well, stoppable.

"Megamind" -- featuring the voice of Ferrell as the blue-headed recidivistic villain -- grossed $30-million to win the top spot at the domestic box office for the second straight week, according to The DreamWorks Animation/Paramount film has now grossed nearly $90-million total.

Fox's "Unstoppable" -- starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson -- hurtled to second place, opening to $23.5-million. And the Warner Bros. comedy "Due Date" -- starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis -- grossed $15.3-million to finish third, growing its domestic total to nearly $60-million. (Final box-office numbers are expected Monday afternoon.)

The success of "Megamind" and the live-action "The Other Guys" (with Mark Wahlberg) is turning around Ferrell's recent reputation as one of Hollywood's "least bankable" A-list actors. "The Other Guys" has grossed nearly $120-million domestically.

The top of the box office is also notable for featuring a wealth of "Saturday Night Live" alumni -- from Ferrell to RDJ to new Twain Prize recipient Tina Fey ("Megamind"). (The broadcast of her Kennedy Center ceremony will debut Sunday night on PBS stations.)

Even "Unstoppable" now has an "SNL" link -- after one of the show's new additions, Jay Pharoah, did a fairly spot-on impression of Denzel for the show's "Unstoppable" parody over the weekend. After just several weeks, Pharoah's stock is rising quickly.


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By Michael Cavna  | November 14, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  DreamWorks Animation, Megamind, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell  
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