Weekend Wrap-Up

Hangover Still Strong But Bullock Breaks Out

By John Hamann

June 21, 2009

Poor Oscar is having to take a side job to supplement his income at Dunder-Mifflin.

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All of this success usually means someone has to lose, and the loser this weekend is The Taking of Pellham 1 2 3. Despite starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, and not having any new action competition this weekend, Pellham took it on the chin, bringing in only $11.3 million and dropping a severe 52%. Word-of-mouth seems to be all going to The Hangover and Up, so Pellham suffers badly this weekend. The Taking of Pellham 1 2 3 has a domestic total of $43.3 million.

Sixth goes to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. After a lower-than-expected opening frame ($54 million) and a calamitous drop in its second weekend (54%), Night at the Museum has leveled off nicely. This weekend's gross comes in at $7.3 million, and compares nicely to last weekend's gross of $9.6 million, as it finishes with a drop of only 24%. The production that cost $150 million to make has now earned $156 million domestically, and over $175 million from overseas cinemas.

Despite finishing last weekend with a little above half of Land of the Lost's gross, Star Trek – in its seventh frame - is able to climb over the Will Ferrell comedy. The Star Trek reboot earned another $4.7 million and slips a very slim 14%. The JJ Abrams directed flick has now earned a powerful $239.4 million.


Eighth is the ugly Land of the Lost. The Will Ferrell flick earned only $4 million and drops a woeful 56% in this frame after dropping 52% last weekend. The $100 million Universal comedy with the $200 million negative cost now has a total of $43.7 million, and looks to finish just above $50 million.

Ninth goes to Imagine That, which continues to struggle a bit after bombing with a $5 million opening last weekend. The Eddie Murphy family film earned $3.1 million and drops 44%. The $55 million film now has a gross of $11.4 million.

Finally in tenth is Terminator Salvation, as it spends its last weekend in the top ten. The Christian Bale step backward earned $3.1 million in its fifth weekend, and drops 36%. Terminator Salvation now has a domestic gross of $119.5 million, and an overseas take of about $165 million.

Overall, the weekend box office finally has a frame that beats last year. Over the June 20-22, 2008 frame, the box office, Get Smart led the pack with $38.7 million, but the Love Guru flopped, leaving the top 12 films with a $138.4 million gross. This year, thanks to a big success from The Proposal and a great hold from The Hangover, the top 12 took in $140.7 million. Next weekend, things will be even bigger, when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen appears.

Top Weekend Box Office for 6/19/09-6/21/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Proposal Touchstone Pictures $34,114,000 $33,627,598 New $33,627,598
2 The Hangover Warner Bros. Pictures $26,855,000 $26,753,473 - 18.4% $152,817,015
3 Up Walt Disney Pictures $21,336,000 $23,492,677 - 23.6% $226,268,932
4 Year One Columbia Pictures (Sony) $20,200,000 $19,610,304 New $19,610,304
5 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Columbia Pictures (Sony) $11,300,000 $12,034,899 New $44,067,224
6 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 20th Century Fox $7,300,000 $7,807,185 - 18.8% $156,459,744
7 Star Trek Paramount $4,700,000 $5,511,434 + 1.0% $240,255,340
8 Land of the Lost Universal $3,975,750 $4,358,945 - 51.5% $44,055,510
9 Imagine That Paramount Pictures $3,100,000 $3,290,227 - 40.2% $11,541,605
10 Terminator Salvation Warner Bros. $3,070,000 $3,284,230 New $119,727,528
11 Angels & Demons Sony/Columbia $2,800,000 $2,820,196 - 31.4% $128,158,818
12 Drag Me to Hell Universal Pictures $1,919,860 $1,974,375 - 49.8% $39,234,860
  Also Opening/Notables
  Brighton Rock Rialto N/A $10,626 New $10,626
  Tetro $55,423 $57,405 + 76.9% $113,231
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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