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Box office: Friday estimates put 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' at top of heap

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Food—and cash—seems to be raining down on Sony Pictures this weekend. The 3-D animated pic Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs topped the charts on Friday with an estimated $8.1 million for the day. That was far better then any of the other new releases that opened yesterday. Warner Bros. The Informant! grossed only $3.6 million for the day, just a bit above the $3.1 million earned by Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (now in its second weekend of release) and Universal Pictures’ Love Happens starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart, which earned an estimated $3 million for its opening day. The most unexpected news comes from the horror/comedy film Jennifer’s Body, which landed in the fifth spot on Friday—a big surprise since most predicted a second place finish for the Megan Fox-starrer. With only $2.8 million on Friday, the Diablo Cody-scripted drama is going to have a hard timing reaching that milestone. Check back here tomorrow for more details on the full weekend box office.