'Monsters vs. Aliens' hurtles to $58.2M debut

Associated Press - March 29, 2009 12:03 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie beasts from old-time Hollywood have gotten a makeover as box-office heroes.

The animated action comedy "Monsters vs. Aliens" has launched itself into the No. 1 spot with a $58.2 million debut weekend.

The movie features creatures from 1950s flicks in a showdown with invading extraterrestrials.

Opening in second-place is the ghost story "The Haunting in Connecticut" with $23 million in ticket sales.

At No. 3 is the apocalyptic action tale "Knowing" with $14.7 million, slipping from its first-place debut a week earlier. "Knowing" raises its 10-day total to $46.2 million.

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