Movie Power Rankings: ‘Cloudy 2’ storms past ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Avengers 2’

Movie Power Rankings is in for some bad weather this week, as Sony Pictures Animation’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” takes the top spot after devouring a healthy $35 million at the box office in its debut weekend. That”s almost $5 million higher than the original film bowed to back in 2009. Meanwhile, Joseph Gordon-Levitt”s first directorial effort “Don Jon” debuted at  No. 5 with a much cloudier $9.5 million. Does that mean audiences like food more than sex?

As for the rest of this week’s list…

October 1, 2013

1. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” (Last week: Not ranked)
Who’s ready for thirds?

2. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Last week: Not ranked)
“Why do it again if you can”t do it better?” That’s writer-director Joss Whedon on the Marvel sequel. Find out if it lives up to his promise in 2015. 

3. “Dumb and Dumber To” (Last week: Not ranked)
How much wiser have Harry and Lloyd (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) gotten since 1995? Not much, according to this on-set photo tweeted by Carrey. 

4. “Star Wars: Episode VII” (Last week: No. 3)
J.J. Abrams says he’ll shoot at least part of the anticipated sequel in the mega-huge IMAX format. Let’s hope Jar Jar doesn’t make an appearance. 

5. “Need For Speed” (Last week: Not ranked)
Wondering where Jesse (Aaron Paul) went after the “Breaking Bad” finale? To race cars with Kid Cudi in the videogame adaptation, of course. Watch the trailer

6. “The Giver” (Last week: Not ranked)
Taylor Swift will go up against such Hollywood heavyweights as Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in the upcoming young adult novel adaptation. 

7. “East of Eden” (Last week: Not ranked)
“The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross will reunite with Jennifer Lawrence for this two-part adaptation of Steinbeck’s lengthy classic first tackled by James Dean and Elia Kazan in 1955. 

8. “Foxcatcher” (Last week: Not ranked)
Despite some building Oscar buzz, Bennett Miller”s latest has been pushed to 2014 in order to finish editing. The fact-based drama stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum. 

9. “Chappie” (Last week: Not ranked)
Hugh Jackman has signed on to star in the sci-fi comedy film from “Elysium” director Neil Blomkamp. It stars Sharlto Copley as a robot police officer and the hip hop duo Die Antwoord.

10. “22 Jump Street” (Last week: Not ranked)
Tatum hits the chart again, this time re-teaming with Jonah Hill for the sequel, which has begun filming. It hits theaters June 2014.

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