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The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "Angels & Demons" ($48 million)
#2 "Star Trek" ($43 million)
#3 "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" ($14.8 million)
#4 "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" ($6.86 million)
#5 "Obsessed" ($4.55 million)
[movieperson id="83880"]Ron Howard[/movieperson] and [movieperson id="82404"]Tom Hanks[/movieperson]' papal thriller [movie id="330488"]"Angels & Demons"[/movie] enjoyed a bit of a miracle this weekend and fought off the sophomore strength of [movie id="305755"]"Star Trek"[/movie] to take the #1 spot with a $48 million debut. Though it wasn't as domestically blessed as its predecessor, "The Da Vinci Code" (which opened three years ago to $77.1 million), it did amazing business overseas with a worldwide haul of $104.3 million. Sony is hoping that Robert Langdon's symbols will lead to an equally successful Memorial Day weekend, but it will take a lot of angels and demons to hold up against the continuing summer onslaught.
Paramount's "Star Trek" had a strong second weekend, even against Robert Langdon, bringing in another $43 million and making its total gross a tidy $148 million. Good reviews and word of mouth seem to be carrying it further than [movie id="345540"]"X-Men Origins: Wolverine"[/movie] has managed to go. [movieperson id="234610"]Hugh Jackman[/movieperson]'s adamantium mutant is proving very destructible at the box office, as he fell to #3 with only $14.8 million, and a gross of $151 million — just a few million more than the two-week total of "Star Trek."
[movie id="408577"]"Next Day Air"[/movie] fell all the way to #9 in its second week, bringing in $2.3 million and a total of $7.7 million. But it may forever go down into legend as the film that bravely tried to take on "Star Trek."
[movie id="302853"]"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"[/movie] and [movie id="383191"]"Obsessed"[/movie] hung on, dropping less than expected and enjoying their cumulative totals of $40.1 million and $62.6 million. With the box office up 7 percent from last year, the weekends are proving good for the limited releases as well as the blockbusters. Summit Entertainment unveiled "The Brothers Bloom" in four theaters (two in New York, and two in Los Angeles) and managed to bring in $20,500 per venue, and a gross of $82,000 overall. IFC enjoyed a similar boom with its Juliette Binoche drama "Summer Hours," which brought in $48,200 from only two venues in New York. Who knows? If expansion brings similar business for these indies, they could be the real winners of the summer season.
Memorial Day weekend brings two new players to the box-office battleground. Fox is the favorite with [movie id="375855"]"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,"[/movie] while Warner Bros. brings on [movie id="347265"]"Terminator Salvation."[/movie] Paramount goes modest with [movie id="381833"]"Dance Flick."[/movie]
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