“Megamind” Controls Box Office with $47.7 Million Opening

Megamind-2010-PosterThe Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt animated comedy “Megamind” dominated the post-Halloween box-office weekend, opening with $47.7 million to give DreamWorks Animation another strong debut.

“Megamind,” which also features the voice of Tina Fey, benefited from being the only family film among the new releases, with Paramount Pictures, which co-produced the movie with DreamWorks, saying that more than half of those who watched the superhero flick were below 25 years old.

The R-rated comedy “Due Date” by “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips opened with $33.5 million for second place, while another new release, Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” grossed $20.1 million to help set a new box-office record for the first week of November. In total, the box office took around $157 million over the weekend to eclipse the previous record of $153 million set in 2003, when “The Matrix Revolutions” earned $48.5 million.

The action-comedy “Red” remained strong in its fourth week with $8.9 million to raise its total domestic gross to $71.9 million, while “Saw 3D,” which debuted on top last week, dropped 64 percent for $8.2 million in fifth place.