Weekend Box Office
1) Up $68.2 million
2) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $25.5 million
3) Drag Me to Hell $16.6 million
4) Terminator Salvation $16.1 million
5) Star Trek $12.8 million
6) Angels & Demons $11.2 million
7) Dance Flick $$4.9 million
8) X-Men Origins: Wolverine $3.9 million
9) Ghosts of Girlfriends Past $1.9 million
10) Obsessed $665,000
Disney/Pixar's Up drifted to the top of the box office charts this weekend, pulling in an estimated $68.2 million. The film, which follows a 78-year-old balloon salesman named Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) as he fulfils his lifelong dream of visiting the wilds of South America, is Pixar's tenth feature length animated movie. While it's opening didn't beat the box office debut of Finding Nemo, which made $70.2 million in May of 2003, or The Incredibles, which holds Pixar's biggest premier with $70.4 million, Up now stands as the third biggest opening for the computer-animation based company. Strong word of mouth should keep it adrift through most of June.
The Ben Stiller sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian kept families laughing, as it dropped from its top perch into the number two spot this weekend. The further exploits of museum security guard Larry Daley managed to rake in $25.5 million during its second weekend in release. That pushed its cumulative take to $105.2 million, making it a solid gold hit in the eyes of most Hollywood executives. Sam Raimi's long awaited return to horror with Drag Me to Hell made its debut in the third place position, nabbing a solid $16.6 million. Despite its outstanding pedigree, the film failed to stir up the same kind of interest that this year's horror remakes My Bloody Valentine 3-D and Friday the 13th did earlier in the year. Maybe horror is best suited for the colder months?
Mark Becker and Jennifer Grausman's culinary school documentary Pressure Cooker made a splash on the arthouse scene. It pulled in $8,300 playing on just one screen to become the film with the second highest per screen average, right behind Up. The Japanese film Departures, which was directed by Yojiro Takita, had the third highest per screen average of the weekend, pulling in $8,078 from each of its nine screens for a total of $72,700.
Looking ahead, it seems that next weekend was built strictly for lovers of comedy. Opening in direct compilation against each other will be Todd Philip's The Hangover, Will Farrell in Land of the Lost, Nia Vardalos' return to Greece in My Life in Ruins, and the Sam Mendes adult dramedy Away We Go. It'll be very interesting to see who wins this crazy fight at the box office. Heck, Carl Fredricksen might just find himself sitting on top of the world for the second weekend in a row.