At The Movies: The Animated ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ Beats Out ‘Law Abiding Citizen’

By Tim Boswell  |  10/19/2009

2009-10-19 - At The MoviesDespite the release of the action thriller "Law Abiding Citizen," starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx, and the horror film "The Stepfather," it was the animated "Where the Wild Things Are" that won audiences at the box office this weekend.

The new flick, which is an adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book, raked in $32.5 million to take the weekend throne, and surprisingly, 43% of the audience we adults 18 and over.

In at #2 was "Law Abiding Citizen," debuting with $21.3 million, while the wider release of Paramount's low-budget horror sensation "Paranormal Activity" moved up to #3 this week, earning $20.2 million.

Last weekend's box office winner, "Couples Retreat," fell to #4 this week earning nearly $18 million in its second week.

And at #5 is was "The Stepfather," taking in $12.3 million in its opening weekend.

Next weekend, look out for the new release of films like the animated "Astro Boy," the fantasy "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant", and the latest installment of the "Saw" franchise.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1 - "Where the Wild Things Are," $32.5 million.
2 - "Law Abiding Citizen," $21.3 million.
3 - "Paranormal Activity," $20.2 million.
4 - "Couples Retreat," $17.9 million.
5 - "The Stepfather," $12.3 million.
6 - "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $8.1 million.
7 - "Zombieland," $7.8 million.
8 - "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in 3-D, $3 million.
9 - "Surrogates," $1.92 million.
10 - "The Invention of Lying," $1.9 million.