CATEGORIES New Releases, Box Office, Movie News, UK Box Office, New Releases, Cinematical, UK Box OfficeThe 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.