Audiences were clearly looking for laughs over the weekend as comedies took four of the top five places in the box-office rankings, including the No. 1 spot, held by Disney's The Proposa l, which raked in $33.63 million, according to the studio's final tally. Ticket sales for the Sandra Bullock starrer came in far ahead of forecasters' predictions. In second place was Warner Bros.' The Hangover , which declined just 18 percent in its third week and wound up with $26.75 million. Right behind was Disney's animated Up , which remained way up with $23.49 million in its fourth week, bringing its total to $226.27 million. Sony/Columbia's Jack Black comedy Year One opened in fourth place with $19.61 million -- at the high end of analysts' expectations. Rounding out the top five was Sony/Columbia's The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 , which took in a so-so $12.03 million in its second weekend. Another notable comedy on the box-office list was Woody Allen's Whatever Works , which counted $266,162 in just nine theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Its $29,574 average per theater compares with the $11,004 average for The Proposal. Overall, the top 12 films grossed $144.57 million, 4.45 percent above the $138.40 million for the comparable weekend a year ago. Revenue for the year is up 10.42 percent against the same period a year ago, while attendance is up 7.86 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. The Proposal, Disney, $33,627,598, (New); 2. The Hangover , Warner Bros., $26,753,473, 3 Wks. ($152,817,015); 3. Up , Disney, $23,492,677, 4 Wks. ($226,268,932); 4. Year One , Sony, $19,610,304, (New); 5. Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 , Sony, $12,034,899, 2 Wks. ($44,067,224); 6. Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian, 20th Century Fox, $7,807,185, 5 Wks. ($156,459,744); 7 . Star Trek, Paramount, $5,511,434, 7 Wks. ($240,255,340); 8. Land of the Lost , Universal, $4,358,945, 3 Wks. ($44,055,510); 9. Imagine That, Paramount, $3,290,227, 2 Wks. ($11,541,605); 10. Terminator Salvation , Warner Bros., $3,284,230, 6 Wks. ($119,727,528).

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