Although the R-rated comedy, “The Hangover,” took over the box office on Friday night (June 5) with $16.5 million, box office analysts predicted that the family-themed flick “Land of the Lost” might overtake it with Saturday grosses. Surprisingly, it was last week’s winner, “Up,” that took it all when the weekend was said and done.
Disney and Pixar Animation’s “Up” took in another $44.2 million over the week to remain at the top spot for the second week in a row. After last week’s $68 million opening, the film’s total tally is at just over $137 million.
The animated film is the first movie of Hollywood’s busy summer season to take the #1 spot for two straight weekends.
“Up” is expected to hit the $200 million mark before summer’s end, ranking among Pixar’s other hit films such as “WALL-E,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars” and “Toy Story 2.”
At #2 was the bachelor-bash comedy “The Hangover”, taking in $43.3 million to close out the weekend, while Will Ferrell’s action comedy “Land of the Lost” settled for #3 with a $19.5 million opening.
Overall revenues fell for the second weekend in a row, putting the brakes on what has been shaping up as a record revenue year for the movie business, according to the Associated Press.
The top 12 movies took in $164 million, down 6% from the same weekend last year, reports Hollywood.com.
“Definitely, things have slowed. But there are some potential saviors on the horizon,” Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, told the AP.
Despite these figures, three big sequels are coming — “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” — all of which are expected to be blockbuster releases, starting June 24.
At #4 was “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” with $14 million in its third weekend; “Star Trek” landed at #5 with $8.4 million; “Terminator Salvation” nabbed #6 with $8.1 million; “Drag Me To Hell” took #7 with $7.3 million; and “Angels & Demons” came in at #8 with $6.5 million.
The week’s other wide release, “My Life In Ruins,” opened at #9 with $3.2 million opening weekend.
Next week, June 12, the major releases include the Eddie Murphy film “Imagine That,” and the Denzel Washington and John Travolta starring flick “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.”