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Hangover Strong, but Up Did Better

Published June 7, 2009 in Box Office
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Pixar, Variety
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A tough competition at the box office over the weekend, and it wasn't between two adult comedies. Taking advantage of their own genres, which were far from conflicting, Up, in its second frame, was still able to (barely) beat out Warner Bros. R-rated The Hangover.

Box Office Report: Up vs The Hangover


Though in its second weekend, Pixar's Up earned another impressive $44.2 million to beat our The Hangover's $43.3 million.

Coming in at number three was what some are calling summer's first "major disappointment" of summer, Land of the Lost. Though Universal Pictures had hoped their big-budget laffer would rake in closer to $30 million during its opening bow, the film instead fell short with $19.5 million. Small, yes, but I don't know about calling the film a disappointment. It's a comedy, a genre that's not as guaranteed as something like horror; sadly. If you want to talk about disappointments, let's start talking about Terminator Salvation.

Well, a disappointment domestically. Sony Pictures, who is handling the film's distribution overseas, enjoyed a take of $65 million over the weekend from 70 territories.



Strong for Sony, sure, but that is nothing compared to Angels & Demons. Like The Da Vinci Code, the sequel is killing it overseas and is the first 2009 release to break the $400 million mark worldwide. The film has grossed $293 million internationally and $116.1 million domestically.

Though the top five films performed admirably, the box office was still down 8% from the same frame last year, when Kung Fu Panda hit theaters.

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