After a relatively close Friday box office frame, DreamWorks Animation's latest animated release "Megamind" overcame mixed reviews to soar to a strong $47.7 million debut for the weekend. The comedy that takes a nurture vs. nature stance on super-heroes and super-villains opened slightly higher than last March's critically acclaimed "How To Train Your Dragon," but in the $47 million vicinity of previous company releases "Madagascar" and "Shark Tale," neither of which had the benefit of higher 3-D ticker prices. Considering pre-release polling said the film could hit anywhere from $55-60 million, it may be a tad disappointing for the DreamWorks Animation and Paramount marketing teams.

More impressive was Todd Phillips comedy "Due Date" in the second slot. The pairing of Robert Downey, Jr. and Zack Galifinakis didn't warm critic's hearts, but the Warner Bros. flick grossed a superb $33.5 million. Considering how unlikeable both characters are in the film, the WB is no doubt thrilled they reached such a solid number.  The R-rated picture also found $10 million more than Downey's "Tropic Thunder" bow and after "Sherlock Holmes" and the "Iron Man" films is the biggest opening of his career.  Yes, the man can officially "open" a movie.

Performing impressively in third was Tyler Perry's big screen adaptation of "For Colored Girls."  The ensemble drama made $20.1 million on only 2,127 screens.  Critical reaction to "Colored Girls" was all over the map, but the film received a few noteworthy raves from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. The picture also had strong audience reaction garnering an A- score from Yahoo Movies users and an 82% liked on Rotten Tomatoes (second only to "127 Hours" this weekend).  Whether Lionsgate can push through anti-Perry sentiment in the industry for awards season consideration for any of the actor's performances remains to be seen.

Showing great word of mouth and dropping only 17.4% from the previous weekend was Summit Entertainment's "Red." The Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren action comedy grossed another $8.8 million for a new cume of $71.8 million.  It should easily surpass "Knowing's" $79 million gross to become Summit's biggest non-"Twilight" hit within the next two weeks and topping $90 million is not out of the question.

Dropping like a rock as expected was last week's champ, "Saw 3D."  The horror flick fell 63.8% with another $8.2 million and a new 10-day gross of $38.8 million.

In limited release, "127 Hours" found $266,000 or a superb $66,000 average in just four theaters.  For 2010, that's second only to "The Kids Are All Right's" $70,282 average this summer and easily the best of Boyle's career.  More analysis on this debut to come.

Also finding an audience in limited release was Doug Liman's "Fair Game."  The political drama starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn grossed $700,000 on 46 screens for a very good $15,217 average.  

Next weekend's new releases include "Skyline" and "Unstoppable." "Morning Glory" debuts on Wednesday.

Final box office results are released on Monday.

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