Couples Retreat Brings in the Cash for Struggling Universal

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Universal Pictures' big-budget, well-cast, mundanely written and executed Couples Retreat dominated the weekend's box office with opening revenues of $35.3 million. (Zombieland, which opened the week before, came in well in second place with a weekend gross of $15 million.)

This news comes as a much needed boost to the struggling studio, which has had a string of box-office flops this year, and just announced a regime change last week when president and CEO Ron Meyer tapped Adam Fogelson as chairman and Donna Langley as co-chair. Universal has not had a significant hit in seven months, with a string of much-anticipated disappointments like Funny People and Brüno.