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Tranformers 2 Reboots The Summer Box Office

By John Hamann

June 28, 2009

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The Taking of Pellham 1 2 3 also gets kneecapped. The Denzel Washington/John Travolta starrer earned an awful $5.4 million and falls 55% compared to last weekend's take of $12 million. The $110 million-budgeted Pellham has now grossed only $53.4 million, and will likely finish short of $70 million.

Star Trek finishes eighth this weekend. The JJ Abrams flick earned $3.6 million in its eighth weekend and drops 35%. If the movie business wasn't now the "turn 'em and burn 'em" type, Star Trek would be a $300 million film. Last weekend it actually saw an uptick from the previous weekend's business, and if the studio hadn't removed 500 venues, it may have done the same this weekend. Star Trek was the big film of the summer for a long time, but this weekend got superceded by Up. Nonetheless, the Star Trek reboot has been big business for Paramount, as it now has a running total of $246.2 million.

Ninth goes to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which grossed $3.4 million and fell 55%. Now in its sixth frame, the Ben Stiller comedy has earned a respectable $163.2 million domestically, and is approaching $200 million from overseas cinemas.




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Finally in tenth we have a good news story, as Sam Mendes' Away We Go gets a top ten spot despite being out to only 495 venues. Away We Go, which stars John Krasinski (The Office) and Maya Rudolph (SNL), grossed $1.7 million and improves on last weekend's take by 93%. So far, Away We Go has earned Focus Features $4.1 million.

Overall, thanks to the massive haul from Transformers, the box office was solidly ahead of last year's totals. The top 12 films, thanks to Transformers, earned a massive $195 million. Last year, when WALL-E opened to $63 million and Wanted opened to $51 million, the top 12 films took in $180 million. Next weekend, things are going to be huge again, as Ice Age 3 opens on 3-D screens and Johnny Depp packs them in with Public Enemies.


Top Weekend Box Office for 6/26/09-6/28/09 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DreamWorks Pictures $112,000,000 $108,966,307 New $200,077,255
2 The Proposal Touchstone Pictures $18,466,000 $18,578,541 - 44.8% $69,162,471
3 The Hangover Warner Bros. Pictures $17,215,000 $17,022,166 - 36.4% $183,054,267
4 Up Walt Disney Pictures $13,046,000 $13,061,737 - 44.4% $250,234,554
5 My Sister's Keeper Warner Bros. Pictures $12,030,000 $12,442,212 New $12,442,212
6 Year One Columbia Pictures (Sony) $5,800,000 $6,022,444 - 69.3% $32,529,560
7 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Columbia Pictures (Sony) $5,400,000 $5,451,107 - 54.7% $53,456,827
8 Star Trek Paramount $3,606,000 $3,711,968 - 32.6% $246,331,182
9 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 20th Century Fox $3,500,000 $3,643,522 - 53.3% $163,391,192
10 Away We Go Focus Features $1,678,251 $1,709,313 +96% $4,088,390
11 Land of the Lost Universal $1,143,040 $1,195,685 - 72.6% $46,815,665
12 Angels & Demons Sony/Columbia $1,050,000 $1,091,953 - 61.3% $130,277,166
  Also Opening/Notables
  Cheri Miramax Films $408,000 $405,701 New $405,701
  Afghan Star Zeitgeist N/A $3,671 New $3,671
  Terminator Salvation Warner Bros. $1,085,000 $1,088,392 - 66.9% $121,925,747
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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