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Monday October 5, 2009 9:39 pm

Box Office Breakdown: No Sluggish Start for Zombieland

Zombieland

Watch out, vampires…there’s still life in the other undead.

Although he was previously known as a director for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ruben Fleischer now has a new title: box office champ. This past weekend, Ruben saw his first major feature, , attack the competition with a $24.7 million debut. The movie - which only cost approximately $24 million to make - had the highest open for any zombie-themed flick since Dawn of the Dead in 2004.

Meanwhile, another director had an entirely different result with her debut feature. , a roller derby comedy helmed by Drew Barrymore, rolled into 6th place finish with only $4.7 million. (When your film’s been topped by Pixar entries from 10+ years ago, there might have a problem.) Hopefully in a few more weeks, the Ellen Page vehicle will at least cover its $15 million production tab.

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  1. Zombieland, Sony, $24,733,155 (avg. $8147)
  2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Sony, $15,809,039 (avg. $5310)
  3. Toy Story/Toy Story 2, Disney, $12,491,789 (avg. $7159)
  4. Surrogates, Touchstone, $7,241,054 (avg. $2454)
  5. The Invention of Lying, Warner Bros., $7,027,472 (avg. $4117)
  6. Whip It!, Fox Searchlight, $4,650,812 (avg. $2702)
  7. Fame, MGM, $4,626,952 (avg. $1477)
  8. Capitalism: A Love Story, Overture Films, $4,447,378 (avg. $4623)
  9. The Informant, Warner Bros., $3,689,235 (avg. $1521)
  10. Love Happens, Universal, $2,749,025 (avg. $1430)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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