The amiable, generally well-reviewed, not insanely over-promoted Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs debuted to a perfectly lovely $30.1 million, which is actually the third best September opening of all time. The past month or so has seen a dearth of family-oriented offerings, unless you count the PG-13 rated 9 (which appears to be fizzling out, adding 400 screens but dropping 50% from its okay opening last week), so Cloudy was well-positioned. Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!performed more or less to expectations, with good notices, Matt Damon, and the Ocean's franchise cachet getting the film to $10.5 million and second place.

Jennifer's Body
proved more problematic, grossing $6.8 million in fifth. Superstar screenwriter Diablo Cody didn't make it easy for the folks at Fox, since it must have been difficult to capitalize on the success of Juno while promoting what is at least nominally a horror movie. (Its actual horror bona fides are questionable, but it was really the only way the flick could be pitched.) That left the draw of Megan Fox, which, I suspect, is responsible for a good chunk of what the film managed to rake in.

I have nothing to say about Love Happens, other than that its $8.5 million opening weekend appears as generic as the film, which the title obviated the need for me to see. I note only that Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart didn't manage to do better than Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, whose All About Steve is skulking around the lower half of the weekend's top ten, threatening to break $30 million. Query whether anyone reading this liked All About Steve, or knows someone who liked it. These people must exist.

Tyler Perry's latest took the typical Tyler Perry second weekend tumble, though it still grossed enough to beat the debuts of Love Happens and Jennifer's Body.

The full top 10 after the jump.

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