The Hangover is officially the summer's biggest breakout hit. Its closest analogue is Wedding Crashers, which, four summers ago, was carried by positive word-of-mouth to a final gross nearly seven times its opening weekend. The Hangover has bigger raw numbers, but its second weekend drop -- 25% -- is comparable. For a film that opened to $45 million, and without any sort of holiday boost, that's pretty remarkable. It will have some competition next weekend in the form of Year One, but it may not matter much; its word-of-mouth appears to be the stuff that dreams are made of.

Pixar's Up is also going gangbusters in second place. It is now running a mere $4 million behind Pixar box office champion Finding Nemo. At this point it's anybody's game.

The weekend's two wide openers -- The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Imagine That Imagine That opened pretty much to expectations. Pelham did a respectable $25 million, which is pretty close to previous Denzel Washington-Tony Scott collaborations (Man on Fire and Deja Vu). And Imagine That's $5.7 million pretty much precisely mirrors the opening of Eddie Murphy's Meet Dave this time next year. Murphy really needs to do something to shake things up a bit.

The full top 10 after the jump.


1 - The Hangover (Warner Bros.) - $33.42 ($9,960) - $105.39
2 - Up (Disney) - $30.52 ($7,853) - $187.18
3 - The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Sony) - $25.00 ($8,133) - $25.00
4 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Fox) - $9.60 ($2,853) - $143.45
5 - Land of the Lost (Universal) - $9.15 ($2,590) - $34.98
6 - Imagine That (Paramount) - $5.70 ($1,895) - $5.70
7 - Star Trek (Paramount) - $5.60 ($2,123) - $232.03
8 - Terminator Salvation (Warner Bros.) - $4.70 ($1,772) - $113.83
9 - Angels & Demons (Sony) - $4.20 ($1,724) - $123.30
10 - Drag Me to Hell (Universal) - $3.86 ($1,700) - $35.15

Next week: The Proposal and Year One open, while Away We Go expands. Year One looks good on paper, though I'm not sure the anticipation is there.