The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "The Proposal" ($34.1 million)
#2 "The Hangover" ($26.9 million)
#3 "Up" ($21.3 million)
#4 "Year One" ($20.2 million)
#5 "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" ($11.3 million)
Audiences accepted [movie id="349900"]"The Proposal"[/movie] this weekend, shaking [movie id="369201"]"The Hangover"[/movie] off its top spot. The romantic comedy bowed with $34.1 million, making it the largest opening of [movieperson id="8456"]Sandra Bullock[/movieperson]'s career, and giving [movieperson id="198645"]Ryan Reynolds[/movieperson] a little more box-office credibility to bargain with.
"The Hangover" earned another $26.9 million in its third week in theaters, lowering it only 18 percent from its opening take. It now boasts a cumulative total of $153 million, having passed the $150 million mark in just 17 days, faster than any other R-rated comedy. It won't be long until it hits $200 million, an achievement only two other films have earned this summer.
This week, the newest member of the $200 million club is [movie id="351156"]"Up."[/movie] Though the film lost some air from its balloons and dropped to #3, it still scored $21.3 million, 54 percent of which was from 3-D showings. Now in its fourth week, it has sailed past "WALL-E" to become one of Pixar's biggest hits, grossing $224 million. "Star Trek" has also crossed that line with a total of $239 million. The race to win the summer season might be a photo finish.
But "Year One" will definitely rank as one of the failures, as the prehistoric comedy stumbled and landed at #4 with $20.2 million. The comedic combination of Jack Black and Michael Cera wasn't enough to overcome the film's poor reviews, and it joins "Land of the Lost" as one of the disappointments of the season. "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" didn't fare much better, dropping to #5 with $11.3 million, making its second-week total a middling $43.3 million.
Once again, it was the limited openings that produced more enthusiasm. Woody Allen's latest, "Whatever Works," opened on nine screens to gross $280,720, thrilling Sony executives and promising a nice return when it expands to 300 screens on July 3. Tommy Wirkola's Nazi zombie movie "Dead Snow" opened in one New York theater to the respectable tune of $6,037. Duncan Jones' "Moon" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" also did well on their new screens, as "Moon" expanded to 21 theaters to earn $190,000, and "Tetro" expanded to eight and brought back $55,400.
The combination of indie interest, an ongoing "Hangover" and "Proposal" love helped the box office finally come out of its slump, registering 3 to 4 percent higher than last year's time frame.
DreamWorks' "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" goes wide on Wednesday, while New Line plays it serious with "My Sister's Keeper."
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