Weekend Wrap-Up

Land of the Lost Lost at Box Office; Hangover Strong

By John Hamann

June 7, 2009

This looks more fun for two of these guys than the other.

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Hanging on to fifth spot this weekend is Star Trek, which has another great weekend in its fifth frame. The Star Trek reboot earned another $8.4 million and drops a slim 33%. The JJ Abrams flick has become the leggiest blockbuster so far this summer (but Up will catch it), as it has a domestic total so far of $222.8 million. The $140-150 million budgeted flick has also earned over $100 million from foreign box office.

Dropping to sixth is the ugliness that is Terminator Salvation, but at least it has a fellow flopper in Land of the Lost. Terminator got dropped on its head again this weekend, earning $8.2 million; it was off 50% after the stunning 61% drop it saw last weekend. The $200 million flick finally crossed the $100 million mark on Saturday, and is looking like it will finish with about $125 million in domestic sales. It has a current domestic total of $105.5 million.


Seventh is another disappointment for Universal in Drag Me to Hell, but at least this one didn't cost $200 million to make and market. In its second frame, the Sam Raimi flick earned $7.3 million and was off a large 54%. While horror does drop large, Drag Me To Hell carried a 93% fresh rating, which made me think the drop wouldn't be so bad. After two weekends, Drag has earned $28.5 million.

Angels & Demons falls to eighth place. The Tom Hanks starrer earned $6.5 million and sees another big drop of 43%. The movie based on the Dan Brown novel has earned $116.1 million against a production budget of $150 million. The good news for Sony is that this one has earned $240+ million at the foreign box office.

Our final opener, My Life in Ruins, finishes way back in ninth this weekend, but I can't count it out because of that damned Big Fat Greek Wedding (I had to write about that one for 18 consecutive weekends – it's my own personal hell). My Life in Ruins earned $3.2 million this weekend, and will hopefully disappear fast, as I struggle with the spelling of "Vardalos".

Finally in tenth is Dance Flick, the opposite of The Hangover. Dance Flick is done. It earned $2 million, was off 58%, and has earned $22.7 million.

Overall this weekend, the box office had a time keeping up with last year, despite the dominance of The Hangover and Up. Last year, Kung Fu Panda was deservedly on top with $60.2 million, which led the top 12 to $171 million. This year, the top 12 earned $160.1 million, but because of the surprise with The Hangover, feels like a win anyway. Next weekend brings an Eddie Murphy family comedy in Imagine That, and Denzel and Ravolta in the Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

Top Weekend Box Office for 6/5/09-6/7/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Hangover Warner Bros. $43,275,000 $44,979,319 New $44,979,319
2 Up Walt Disney Pictures $44,244,000 $44,138,266 - 35.2% $137,210,701
3 Land of the Lost Universal $19,523,945 $18,837,350 New $18,837,350
4 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 20th Century Fox $14,650,000 $14,634,988 - 39.9% $127,326,188
5 Star Trek Paramount $8,400,000 $8,310,480 - 34.1% $222,712,175
6 Terminator Salvation Warner Bros. N/A $8,248,387 - 49.8% $105,568,008
7 Drag Me to Hell Universal Pictures $7,341,750 $7,040,550 - 55.5% $28,233,230
8 Angels & Demons Sony/Columbia $6,500,000 $6,550,282 - 42.3% $116,174,931
9 My Life in Ruins Fox Searchlight $3,225,000 $3,223,161 New $3,223,161
10 Dance Flick Paramount Pictures $2,000,000 $1,958,725 - 58.7% $22,625,733
11 X Men Origins: Wolverine Fox N/A $1,927,096 -50% $174,347,386
12 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past New Line Cinema $945,000 $932,181 - 51.2% $51,919,132
  Also Opening/Notables
  Away We Go Focus Features $132,260 $130,411 New $130,411
  The Brothers Bloom Summit Entertainment $425,000 $412,771 - 34.3% $2,025,712
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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