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Weekend Estimates: Hangover Tops Weekend, Shows Record-Breaking Legs

June 14th, 2009

After a titanic three-way struggle at the top of the chart, the weekend belongs to The Hangover, which beat off a continued strong run from Up and a decent, but slightly disappointing debut from The Taking of Pelham 123. Hangover recorded the best second weekend decline ever for a movie playing in over 3,000 theaters, excluding holiday weekends -- a truly remarkable performance, and a sign that this will be the surprise hit of Summer. For comparison, the record was previously held by Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, which fell 27% in its second weekend. Hangover is projected to fall 25.7%, so the record isn't guaranteed, but the movie is moving in pretty exalted circles.

Up's 31% decline is also impressive, and the Pixar movie is now closing in on $200 million in total. Pelham came in with $25 million for third.

The big bust for the weekend was Imagine That, which came in with a disappointing $5.7 million.

In limited release, Food, Inc. launched with a very impressive $63,000 for Magnolia.

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Up, The Hangover, The Taking of Pelham 123, Imagine That