Box Office Results: *UPDATE* “The Hangover” passes “Up”

Studio Results (June 5-7):

1.  The Hangover – $45 million
2.  Up – $44.1 million
3.  Land of the Lost – $18.8 million
4.  Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – $14.6 million
5.  Star Trek – $8.3 million

The studio estimates that were posted before were slightly off.  Up did not win the box office for a second straight week.  Instead, the Hangover edged out Pixar’s latest by less than$1 million.

With about $45 million, The Hangover passed expectations as a very profitable R-rated, comedy.  The Hangover made more opening weekend than Superbad, Knocked Up, and Old School did.  That’s quite a feat.

Meanwhile, Up fell to the second rank in the box office with an impressive $44.1 million.  There was doubt before the release of the film that Up would appeal to kids… whether or not families or others are watching the movie, it doesn’t matter.  Up is making big bucks and is well on its way over a $200 million total.

This weekend was truly unpredictable for us.  Even though Chris and I both felt Land of the Lost looked dumb, we still figured that the star-power of Will Ferrell alone would be able to fill the theaters.  We were wrong.  So I guess the lesson is:  if we have no urge to see a movie, maybe the majority of America feel the same way.

We’ll try to do better next weekend.  Check back on Friday for our new predictions.  Can Up actually win the box office three weeks in a row?  There are two new releases:  the Eddie Murphy family/comedy, Imagine That and the action/thriller starring big shots Denzel Washington and John Travolta, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

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