‘Up’ Lands in Top Spot-Box Office Results: May 29-31

Up soared this weekend, grossing an estimated $68.2 million! WOW! Did you know that was more than WALL∙E's debut ($63 million)?

Pixar movies have always had huge opening weekends. They're all-time highest was 2004's The Incredibles, closely followed by Finding Nemo. The average opening for Pixar is about $51.4 million and Up surpassed that immensely.

Last weekend, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian grabbed #1 with about $54.2 million. Shawn Levy's historical-comedy fell 53% this weekend to $25.5 million.

Drag Me to Hell got outstanding reviews along with Up. However it came in third place and managed to get $16.6 million. Drag Me to Hell is director Sam Raimi's "return to horror" and comparatively, he bounced back. His Evil Dead movies, whose fans probably made up 50% of the audience, grossed $2.4 million in 1983 with The Evil Dead; $6 million with Evil Dead 2 in '87; and $11.5 million for Army of Darkness in 1993. But sometimes box office results don't matter a great deal if a movie is legit good. So, Drag Me to Hell: cult classic or simply the third spot opening weekend? With its jokey name and amazing reviews, I have to say cult classic.

In fourth place, Terminator Salvation still doesn't seem to be marketing as well as expected. This weekend it fell over half of its $42.6 million debut and ended up with $16.1 million.

Star Trek this weekend certainly earned its title as one of the all-time highest-grossing movies domestically ($209.5 million in 24 days!). Trek's voyage the last 3 days snatched up $12.8 million.

Here are the weekend estimates according to studio estimates Sunday-

  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
  6. Angels and Demons…$11.2 million
  7. Dance Flick…$4.9 million
  8. X-Men Origins: Wolverine…$3.9 million
  9. Ghost of Girlfriends Past…$1.9 million
  10. Obsessed…$665 thousand

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