'Up' easily rises to the top of Friday box office
It’s official: Pixar scores another hit. Up, the studio’s 10th animated feature, grossed an impressive $21.4 million on its first day in theaters. Buoyed by positive reviews — and pricier 3-D tickets — the result is Pixar’s second-highest opening day gross ever, exceeded only by the $23.2 million Wall-E earned last year. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian took in an estimated $7.5 million for a second place Friday finish. The other new film of the weekend, Sam Raimi’s well-reviewed horror flick Drag Me to Hell, grossed an estimated $6.4 million, landing it in third pace. The film that seems likely to be in the most trouble is Terminator Salvation, which fell an estimated 66% compared to last Friday’s tally. The film’s total gross after nine days stands at an estimated $79.6 million, more than $10 million less than Terminator 3‘s gross after the same number of days in the theater. Star Trek rounded out the top five with an additional $3.6 million, crossing the $200 million mark in only 23 days. Check back here on Sunday for the complete weekend figures in EW’s Box Office Report.