Friday Box Office Report-Pixar’s UP Sails To #1 with 21.4 Million

     May 30, 2009

Up_Pixar-2.jpgIf last weekend’s box office represented a true fight between “Terminator Salvation” and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”, then this week’s receipts bring us back to a more familiar summer scenario: one clear front-runner poised to pummel one counter-programming ‘also-ran’ option.  “Up”, the 10th feature from the always-outstanding Pixar Studios, blew into theaters with a $21.4 million take on Friday – the second best debut for the studio after “Wall-E” took in $23.2 million last June.  A weekend total above $65 million should pose no problem for Pixar, especially considering that nearly half of the 3,766 bookings for “Up” are in the more-costly 3D venues.  Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell”, meanwhile, brought in $6.4 million from 2,508 bookings and should be very happy to get above $18 million by Sunday.  Check back tomorrow to see how it all plays out.

Title Friday Total
1 Up $21,400,000 $21,400,000
2 Night at the Museum 2 $7,550,000 $87,346,000
3 Drag Me to Hell $6,420,000 $6,420,000
4 Terminator Salvation $5,090,000 $79,607,000
5 Star Trek $3,650,000 $200,350,000

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