Studio Estimates for May 15-17:
1. Angels & Demons – $48 million
2. Star Trek – $43 million
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine – $14.8 million
4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – $6.9 million
5. Obsessed – $4.6 million
Despite some concerns that Star Trek was going to top the box office for a second weekend straight, Angels & Demons was able to push by the mixed reviews to a $48 million opening. This wasn’t the $77 million opening The Da Vinci Code had, but the best-selling novel really cashed in with its worldwide appeal. The trend seems to be the same with Angels & Demons, which so far has grossed over $104 million worldwide.
Star Trek had another strong weekend with $43 million, good for second place in the Top 5. Following were Wolverine with $14.8 million and now has grossed a total of $151 million domestically. And rounding out the Top 5 were Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Obsessed.
The Predictions Panel did very well this weekend. Chris and Phil struggled a bit with Star Trek’s estimated gross, but three of us predicted the Top 5 in order correctly. Sheehan’s estimated grosses were the most accurate. I say this was probably the best weekend ever for the Panel. Good work team.
Check back on Friday for our new predictions. It should be a more interesting weekend than this past one. Opening on Thursday is the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise, Terminator Salvation, starring box office monster Christian Bale. Also, the highly successful sequel to Night of the Museum will be released in 4,000 screens next weekend, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Finally, a spoof off of dance movies such as Save the Last Dance, Dance Flick will surely be a contender for the 2009 Razzie Award.