Box office: No. 1 ‘Megamind’ stops ‘Unstoppable’

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“Megamind” is still ruling the world.

The DreamWorks Animation 3-D comedy featuring the voices of Will Ferrell and Tina Fey cruised to the top of the box office for the second straight weekend. The movie, about a bad guy who has to change his ways when his longtime rival is out of the picture, took in just over $30 million.

That’s a drop of only 35% from its opening-weekend take of $47.7 million and bodes well for the staying power of “Megamind” as we cruise toward Thanksgiving weekend. Of the $30 million, 64% of the box office was from 3-D-screen locations, of which 6% were Imax.

“It’s terrific,” said Anne Globe, head of worldwide marketing for DreamWorks Animation, of the second weekend results. The movie’s strongest appeal continues to be among young boys — good news for DreamWorks as the next two big movies for kids, Warner Bros. latest “Harry Potter” and Disney’s “Tangled,” will be aimed at older kids and young girls, respectively.

Overall, “Megamind” has taken in almost $90 million in domestic box office since its opening. Internationally, the 3-D movie has taken in $27 million, with most of that from Russia. It will open in Europe and Latin America next month.

“Megamind,” which is tracking similarly to DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” had enough stamina to avoid being overrun by Denzel Washington’s “Unstoppable.”

“Unstoppable,” which is Washington’s second recent foray into the runaway-train genre (anyone remember his remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3” with John Travolta?), took in $23.5 million, good enough for second place.

That is in line with industry estimates, which had the movie taking in $20 million to $25 million.

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