Studio Estimates (May 29-31):
1. Up – $68.2 million
2. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – $25.5 million
3. Drag Me to Hell – $16.6 million
4. Terminator Salvation – $16.1 million
5. Star Trek – $12.8 million
The only movie I saw this weekend was the box office champion, “Up.” My review will be up shortly so all I’ll say is that it did not disappoint my high expectations. And it certainly didn’t disappoint our predictions to win the weekend’s box office by a large margin. Pixar’s tenth animated feature marked its perfect record for box office hits, and third best overall from the studio (only behind The Incredibles and Finding Nemo).
The other new release this weekend, Drag Me to Hell, brought in $16.6 million that was good enough for third. In my opinion, it underachieved just a bit but to land the #3 spot is very good, especially in the midst of big-budget summer blockbusters.
As for our predictions, I was the only one to correctly predict all Top Five films in correct order and to be the closest to Up’s estimated gross.
Check back on Friday for our new predictions. Finally, the summer season gets its comedies. Will Ferrell stars in the adventure/comedy Land of the Lost. Also, from the creator of Old School comes The Hangover. This is one movie I am very excited to see.