Three new movies in three different genres topped the box office this weekend. The revenue added up to an early holiday present for studios.
The Dreamworks animated comedy "Megamind" opens at number one at the box office with about $48 million. Will Ferrell plays the supervillain with Brad Pitt and Tina Fey among the other actors leading the voiceover cast.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. opens at number two with the road trip romp "Due Date." The comedy brought in about $34 million.
In drama, "For Colored Girls" opens solidly this weekend in third place. The Tyler Perry remake of the '70s stage production brought more than $20 million. The ensemble cast includes Janet Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg in the film based on Ntozake Shange’s play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf."
All together Hollywood brought in more than $155 million. That’s a nearly 30 percent jump from last year. The first weekend in November is seen as the kickoff to the holiday box office season.