SATURDAY PM / SUNDAY AM: Warner Bros’ The Hangover still rules at the North American box office and looks to sail past $200M domestic, according to even rival studios. (As the saying goes, failure is an orphan, but success has many fathers, so see my previous How ‘The Hangover’ Got Made.) The R-rated no-stars low-brow laffer from Old School director Todd Phillips made $10.5 million Friday (only -37% from its opening a week ago) and $12.9M Saturday (+24%) from 3,355 dates. With a terrific hold of only -26%, it racked up a $33.4M second weekend for a new cume of $105.3M. Never underestimate the comedy tastes of moviegoers, eh? This is the first film of this summer to stay at No. 1 for 2 consecutive weeks.
Pixar/Disney’s blockbuster Up ended its 3rd weekend #2 with $30.5M after scoring another $8.8 million Friday and $13.1 million Saturday and an estimated $8.6M Sunday from 3,886 runs. Pixar movies always keep going, and going, and going… and this is now the 3rd-highest domestic grossing one.
As for The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3, when I fell asleep Friday night, it was looking to open at No. 2 based on East Coast numbers. But Sony Pictures’ adult thriller starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta didn’t get as big a late-night kick as expected and fell to No. 3 where it stayed all weekend. Why anyone remade the classic 1974 film is inexplicable, especially in this CGI-heavy summer. (Now, if the subway turned into a Transformer…) Also, Travolta’s recent family tragedy meant the actor wasn’t able to promote the film. Rival studios called Friday’s opening of $8.3 million followed by Saturday’s $9.6M from 3,074 theaters very soft. By the end of Sunday, the total was only $25M with Sunday’s estimate. Exit polls showed that 54% of the opening weekend audience was male and 62% over 30 years old. Sony now must depend on strong overseas sales for Pelham.
Why studios still cast Eddie Murphy as the lead in a live action film is beyond me, even if it’s a family film. So Paramount’s Imagine That just looks weak all around. It came in 6th with only a $1.8 million debut Friday and $2.2 million Saturday from 3,008 venues. Worse, it’s now a trend that Eddie’s movies can’t open to more than a $6M weekend. (Remember last summer’s other Eddie bomb Meet Dave?) This one did only $5.7M.
Now, for the Top 10:
1. THE HANGOVER (WB) Week 2 [3,355] Wkd $33.4M (-26%), Cume $105.3M
2. UP (Pixar/Disney) Week 3 [3,886] Wkd $30.5M, Cume $187.1M
3. PELHAM 1 2 3 (Sony) NEW [3,074] Wkd $25M
4. NATM 2 (Fox) Week 4 [3,365] Wkd $9.6M, Cume $143.4M
5. LAND OF THE LOST (Universal) Week 2 [3,534] Wkd $9.1M (-51%), Cume $34.9M
6. IMAGINE THAT (Paramount) NEW [3,008] Wkd $5.7M
7. STAR TREK (Paramount) Week 6 [2,638] Wkd Est $5.6M, Cume $232M
8. TERMINATOR SALVATION (WB) Week 4 [2,658] Wkd $4.6M, Cume $113.8M
9. ANGELS & DEMONS (Sony) Week 5 [2,436] Wkd $4.2M, Cume $123.3M
10. DRAG ME TO HELL (Universal) Week 3 [2,273] Wkd $3.8M, Cume $35.1M