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'Hangover' hangs on to the box office lead with $33.4 million

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Hangover-Helms_l Moviegoers are still feeling The Hangover in the comedy’s second

weekend, making the boys-night-out romp the first movie of the summer

to hold the top spot for two weeks in a row. A super-slim 26% decline

(based on Sunday estimates) suggests great word of mouth and repeat business for the pic, which has already made $105.4 million and is

now widely expected to cross the $200 million mark in the coming weeks.

The Hangover‘s stiffest competition was another holdover, Disney/Pixar’s Up ($30.5 million).

The animated adventure saw its total gross balloon to $187.2 million in

its third weekend, putting it on track to outshine last year’s hit WALL-E, which made $223 million. But Up‘s biggest payday is likely still to come. The movie has yet to open overseas, where Pixar titles often double their hauls (WALL-E made

over $300 million in foreign countries, while 2007’s Ratatouille cooked

up a sizzling $414 million to complement its $206 domestic take).

Despite two A-list names above the title, the John Travolta/Denzel Washington thriller The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

landed in the C-slot at the weekend box office with a soft $25 million

debut. John Travolta opted out of the film’s promotional tour on

account of his recent family tragedy, leaving Washington to plug the

film solo on Letterman and at the film’s premiere. Accordingly, the

movie opened pretty much in line with past Washington action pics like Déjà Vu ($20.6 million) and Inside Man ($29.0 million), falling way short of the $43.6 million bow of 2007’s American Gangster, when the actor shared top billing with Russell Crowe.

Rounding out the top five are Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum 2, which

added $9.6 million to its collection for a $143.4 million total, and the Will Ferrell dud Land of the Lost, which

dropped 51% for a $9.2 weekend haul and a $35 million cumulative gross.

But there’s no doubt about the week’s biggest loser: Eddie Murphy’s Imagine That

landed with a thud in the sixth-place spot, with just $5.7 million and a

disastrous $1,894 per-site average from over 3,000 locations. It’s the summer’s biggest bomb so far,

although it actually marks a slight improvement for Murphy, whose Meet

Dave opened to a dismal $5.3 million last July.

Be sure to check back next week, when Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) takes on Jack Black and Michael Cera (Year One) for the box office crown—with The Hangover gunning for a hat trick in the number one spot. 

More Box Office news:
‘Hangover’ tops Friday box office with $10.4 million
‘The Hangover’ is a hit: What’s it mean?
Box Office Preview: Will ‘The Hangover’ hold off ‘Pelham 1 2 3’?
Box Office Report UPDATE: Final numbers give ‘The Hangover’ No. 1 spot over ‘Up’

‘The Hangover’ hits a $16.5 mil jackpot on Friday

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