What Goes Up Goes Down
It was an up weekend at the box office for Disney as its Pixar-produced Up opened with $68.11 million, beating last year's debut of WALL-E -- and less than $2 million behind Pixar's two biggest hits, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo . But it was a down weekend for the box office as a whole, with total ticket sales slightly below what they were for the same weekend a year ago, when the premiere of Sex and the City and the second week of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull together took in $101.60 million all by themselves. The top twelve films this weekend earned $161.01 million, while last year's grossed $163.99 million. Another downer The critically well-received horror flick Drag Me to Hell -- horror flicks are rarely well-received -- took in a modest $15.83 million to place fourth in the final results. (By contrast, last December's critically slammed Saw V opened with $30.1 million.) Monday's estimates had put it in third place. But despite the down weekend, year-to-date revenue stands at $3.61 billion, up 13.63 percent over last year. Attendance is up 11 percent.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Up , Disney, $68,108,790, (New); 2. Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian , 20th Century Fox, $24,353,868, 2 Wks. ($104,150,268); 3. Terminator Salvation , Warner Bros., $16,433,365, 2 Wks. ($90,949,924); 4. Drag Me to Hell , Universal, $15,825,480, (New); 5. Star Trek, Paramount, $12,613,727, 4 Wks. ($209,313,884); 6. Angels & Demons , Sony, $11,353,340, 2 Wks. ($104,913,439); 7. Dance Flick , Paramount, $4,743,636, 2 Wks. ($19,084,907); 8. X-Men Origins Wolverine, 20th Century Fox, $3,873,377, 5 Wks. ($170,843,712); 9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Warner Bros., $1,911,401, 5 Wks. ($50,021,779); 10. Obsessed, Sony, $657,001, 6 Wks. ($6,750,0481).