Where the Wild Things Are rules box office

Oct 20, 2009 at 12:16 p.m. ET

Monsters ruled the box office this weekend as Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, Where the Wild Things Are catapulted into first place in its weekend debut.

Max in WTWTASpike Jonze is the director of Where The Wild Things Are this classic story which centers around a disobedient little boy, Max. He's sent to bed without dinner as adventure ensues! He creates his own world which includes a forest full of wild creatures that crown him as their king.

Wild Things snagged the number one spot at the box office during its debut weekend raking in $32.5 million. This is quite an accomplishment considering the adaptation from book to big screen encountered several delays during the process.

What was the second place winner?

Law Abiding Citizen, a crime thriller starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx as they duel each other in a battle of wits versus wits. Their earnings were $21.3 million which also was an accomplishment considering its tepid reviews and competition.

The low budget horror flick, Paranormal Activity, is staying strong in third place. The scream-fest took in $20.3 million this weekend with a total of $33.7 so far. In fact, buzz for the film has continuously been viral as fans seem to be fueling the race to movie theaters, in particular as the scariest holiday of them all, Halloween, approaches.

Interestingly enough, last week's top winner, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau's Couples Retreat dropped from the first spot into fourth place. It took in $17.9 million but overall has earned $63.3 million in the box office. Since its budget was apparently $70 million it will likely surpass the break-even point in a matter of a few days.

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