Weekend Estimates: Up Conquers Impressive Hangover

Up held on to top spot on the box office chart over the weekend, based on the studio's Sunday estimates. But it was a very close thing. Only strong family business on Saturday and Sunday was enough to hold off a very impressive debut by The Hangover. The buddy comedy opened with an estimated $43.275 million, which was well ahead of most predictions, and showed that good reviews can still help bring in moviegoers. Land of the Lost, meanwhile, showed how bad reviews can still kill a movie: it opened with a paltry $19.5 million, making it the worst Summer opening of Will Ferrell's career.

Up continues to impress. Its second weekend was down just 35%, at an estimated $44.2 million. While this isn't unusual for a Pixar production, there aren't many movies that manage to show that kind of staying power after a $50 million plus opening weekend.

My Life in Ruins opened roughly in line with expectations at $3.2 million. That's very unlikely to encourage many theater owners to pick it up in the coming weeks.

In limited release, Arthouse Films' Herb & Dorothy made a good debut with an estimated $10,042 in two theaters, while Oscilloscope's The Unmistaken Child picked up just over $6,000 in a single theater. Vivendi's Tennessee was disappointing with $10,000 in 15 venues.

- Weekend Estimates


Date posted: 2009-06-07