Everyone had a “Hangover” this weekend, at least at the movie theaters, as the film took the weekend’s top slot, over last week’s winner “Up.”
The Warner Bros. comedy, “The Hangover,” raked in $33.4 million to take the #1 spot for this weekend’s box office in its second week, after taking the backseat to Pixar’s animated film “Up” during its opening weekend.
The tale of a Las Vegas bachelor party gone to extremes raised to a $105.4 million after 10 days in theaters.
After two weekend’s at #1, “Up” slide down a notch to #2 with $30.5 million, taking its total to $187.2 million for three weeks.
Debuting at #3 with $25 million was Sony’s action remake “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.” The thriller stars Denzel Washington as a dispatcher matching wits against John Travolta as the mastermind of a subway hijacking.
Sony, according to the Associated Press, is happy with the third place effort, since it drew mainly older viewers who do not rush out to see movies over opening weekend.
“Third place and happy about it,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony.
Eddie Murphy, who usually fares well at the box office, delivered a dud with his new comedy “Imagine That.” The film opened at #6 with a lackluster $5.7 million. The movie features Murphy as a work-obsessed dad whose daughter’s three imaginary friends make him a financial whiz with their smart stock-market picks.
“Star Trek” fell to #7 with $5.6 million to bring its total to $232 million, “Terminator Salvation” raked in another $4.6 million to land at #8 with a $113 million total, “Angels & Demons” pulled in $4.2 for #9, and the horror flick “Drag Me To Hell” rounds out the top 10 with $3.8 million in its third week.
According to the AP, the overall box office was down sharply from the same weekend a year ago, when “The Incredible Hulk” led with a $55.4 million weekend. Total revenues this weekend came in at $140 million, off 22% from last year’s numbers.
It was the third straight weekend that studio receipts declined, continuing a slide that has chilled a red-hot year for Hollywood. Earlier in the year, revenues had surged by more than 15% compared to 2008, but the box office now is ahead by only 11 percent.
Next week’s major releases include the adventure comedy “Year One” starring Jack Black, and the romantic comedy “The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.