Weekend Box Office Report: Audiences Enjoy Their Friday Night ‘Hangover’

It looks like Friday night audiences enjoy a raunchy comedy before heading out to start working on their own future hangovers. Variety reports that Warner Bros’ “The Hangover” brought in $16.5 million on its first day out, making it the second-best opening take for an R-rated comedy, and a personal best for director Todd Phillips. Like any good party, it’s not relying on star power, but is enjoying a solid buzz of positive reviews and enthusiastic word-of-mouth.

“The Hangover” eclipsed Will Ferrell’s “Land of the Lost,” which opened to only $7.2 million, placing it at #3, behind Pixar’s “Up.” The re-imagining of the classic ’70s Sid and Marty Krofft-spawned TV show opened to mixed reviews, with many of the negative observations focused on how family unfriendly the movie really is. Parents are still bringing their chldren to “Night at the Museum” Battle of the Smithsonian” however, which is riding close to “Lost” with Friday earnings of $4.5 million.

Disney/Pixar saw “Up” take a dip at the box office, but its $13.1 million take was enough to beat out everything other than “The Hangover.” In just eight days, “Up” has brought in $106.2 million, a little ahead of last year’s Pixar effort “Wall-E.” It looks like Carl and his balloon-propelled house have enough wind to carry into the $200 million summer club.

Saturday night may determine who takes #5, as “Terminator: Salvation” and “Drag Me to Hell” are battling it out for the adults not laughing off their hangover or flying off to faraway lands. “Terminator” drew in $2.5 million, and “Drag” did a near-identical $2.57. Sam Raimi’s “Drag” is enjoying better buzz, and is the fresher offering, so expect Saturday crowds to help it skirt past “Salvation.”

MTV readers, what are you watching this weekend? Did you get a Friday night “Hangover,” or is “Land of the Lost” your style? Maybe you’re watching “Up,” again or for the first time? Tell us!