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Weekend Estimates: Angels and Demons Makes Modest Start

May 17th, 2009

After a string of box office hits in recent weeks, Angels & Demons made a more modest debut over the weekend, according to studio estimates. The sequel to The Da Vinci Code opened with an estimated $48 million, almost $30 million less than its predecessor, and fell short of most predictions. While international numbers and home market sales will most likely make the movie modestly profitable in the long run, the early signs are that it might be the end of the fledgling franchise. Curiously, this weekend last year saw a similar performance from Prince Caspian, which put a temporary hold on the Narnia franchise. (Next year's release this weekend is currently Shrek Goes Fourth, by the way.)

Star Trek scored a solid second weekend, falling a relatively modest 46% to $43 million. The franchise reboot has grossed $147.6 million after ten days and has a shot at overtaking Monsters vs. Aliens as the top-grossing movie of 2009. Whether it does so before one of the Summer juggernauts takes the crown remains to be seen.

In limited release, The Brothers Bloom made a good start, picking up $82,000 in just four theaters, to top the per theater chart.

- Weekend Estimates

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