‘Monsters vs Aliens’ Conquered Weekend Box-Office

Monsters vs Aliens scored the biggest opening of the year so far as it hurtles $58.2 million in the US despite the recession.

The latest animated feature from Dreamworks, which features creatures from 1950s flicks in a showdown with invading extraterrestrials, launched itself into the No. 1 spot with a $58.2 million debut, besting Watchmen’s $55.2 million this year.

Opening in second place was Lionsgate’s ghost story “The Haunting in Connecticut” with $23 million in ticket sales.

Erstwhile leader, Knowing, slipped to third with $14.7 million, raising its 10-day total to $46.2 million.

The movie industry in the US is up 12 percent this year so far, from 2008’s, according to Media By Numbers. Accounting for this year’s higher ticket prices, movie attendance is even up 10.4 percent.

Lending their voices in the movie are Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett and Stephen Colbert.

(Weekend of March 27-29, 2009)

1. “Monsters vs. Aliens,” $58.2 million.

2. “The Haunting in Connecticut,” $23 million.

3. “Knowing,” $14.7 million.

4. “I Love You, Man,” $12.6 million.

5. “Duplicity,” $7.6 million.

6. “Race to Witch Mountain,” $5.6 million.

7. “12 Rounds,” $5.3 million.

8. “Watchmen,” $2.755 million.

9. “Taken,” $2.75 million.

10. “The Last House on the Left,” $2.6 million.

Video Links:

Monsters vs Aliens – Official Trailer

Knowing – Official Trailer

Duplicity – Movie Clips

I Love You, Man

Taken – Movie Trailer

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