We should have seen it coming. Cloverfield seized the box office over the weekend like a steel-jawed titan, and refused to let go, shaking down over $41 million at the theater, and murderizing the competition. The film had been tracking pretty high, but no one anticipated such a huge take, and this film is definitely on the way to being a real monster...get it? Monster? Because the movie has a...never mind.
Also impressive in a different way was 27 Dresses, otherwise known as "the female alternative to Cloverfield," which drew $22 million, and cemented star Katherine Heigl's (Knocked Up) status as a real player who can draw people to the movies. What this also means is that Grey's Anatomy is on borrowed time, as she's most likely out of there ASAP.
Box Office Mojo: Weekend Box Office Results for January 18-20, 2008