Hangover, The: Running Box-Office Hit

June 13, 2009–Warner's hit comedy “The Hangover” held on to the number one box office spot in its second Friday, grossing $10.44 million at 3,355 venues.  After posting strong midweek figures, the second Friday for “The Hangover” dipped 38%, giving the comedy an eight-day figure of $82.4 million. 

“The Hangover” is largely attracting male demographics,but the film's box-office is on par with that of last summer's R-rated comedy champ “Sex and the City” which raked $85.3 million from the female set in its first eight days.

 

Disney-Pixar's “Up” stayed afloat in second place dipping just 33% in its third Friday with $8.8 million from 3,886 theaters.  Similar to last weekend, there could be another close call for the number one spot between “The Hangover” and “Up,” the Disney-Pixar release.  Both titles are maintaining solid holds among their respective demos. With a running total B.O. of $165.5 million through its third Friday, “Up” is pacing ahead of last summer's “Wall-E” by 11% when compared over the same frame.

 

Sony's R-rated actioner “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” took third, pulling in $8.3 million to give helmer Tony Scott his highest opening day at the box office. According to Rentrak Theatrical, Scott's highest opening weekend belongs to 1987's “Beverly Hills Cop II” which earned $26.3 million over its Friday through Sunday frame. A remake of the 1974 heist thriller directed by Joseph Sargent, “Pelham” is playing at 3,074 sites and stars Denzel Washington, John Travolta, James Gandolfini and John Turturro.

 

Fox's “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” drew $3 million in fourth off 3,365, down 35% and counting a total domestic B.O. of $136.8 million.  Universal's “Land of the Lost” occupied fifth place, with $2.9 million off 3,534, a 59% decline, and a disappointing eight-day cumulative of $28.7 million.

 

Paramount's Eddie Murphy family film “Imagine That” bowed in sixth place with a poor $1.8 million off 3,008.