By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros. Pictures, Variety
Every once in a while R-rated comedy reminds us that the genre can be a box office giant. The perfect example is The Hangover, which saw a second weekend as number one at the box office.
Box Office Report: Hangover Tough to Beat
As expected, The Hangover and Up took the top two spots at the box office over the weekend. Showing incredible staying power, Hangover dropped a minuscule 26% to earn an estimated $33.4 million over the weekend. Bringing its total 10-day box office take to $105.3 million. The Todd Phillips-directed comedy is the first R-rated laffer to match the box office success of 2005’s The Wedding Crashers.
Following suit, Up dipped 31% in its third frame to an estimated $30.5 million, bringing it's total domestic gross to $187.2 million. With a number such as that, Pixar can proudly say that Up is the second-best earner of this year's summer films, behind Paramount's Star Trek.
Debuting this weekend, Tony Scott's remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 did just fine with $25 million. I saw the movie last night and, though I loved the first two-thirds of the film, the thriller then gets incredibly awry. The critics weren't exactly impressed with the film's finish either, but that didn't seem to hurt it much. "The film performed just where we thought it would for an R-rated action pic, and we think it will have a great multiple," Sony worldwide prexy of distribution Rory Bruer said.
Eddie Murphy continues to have problems finding box office magic. Imagine That came in below expectations with only $5.7 million. In a genre that has proved incredibly strong at the box office in 2009, that low take has got to sting a bit.
Even with The Hangover and Up leading the pack, this weekend's box office was down 22% from the same frame last year, which saw the debut of The Incredible Hulk.