Audiences can't get over 'Hangover'
'Up' holds second, 'Pelham' in third on FridayThat hijacked New York City subway car failed to crack through the juggernauts that are "The Hangover" and "Up" at the North American boxoffice on Friday.
While Sony's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," director Tony Scott's R-rated thriller starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, posted an estimated $8.3 million for the day, it opened in third place. Bowing in 3,074 theaters, it should go on to a weekend total in the low-to-mid $20 million range.
Paramount's PG-rated Eddie Murphy vehicle "Imagine That" had a more difficult time establishing itself at that boxoffice. Opening in 3,008 theaters, it attracted just $1.8 million for a sixth place showing.
Meanwhile, Warners' Las Vegas-set comedy "The Hangover" continued its torrid pace, easily capturing first place. It entered its second weekend with a Friday haul of $10.4 million, down just about 38% from its opening day, and should be flirting with the $100-million mark by weekend's end.
In its third weekend, Disney/Pixar's "Up" was also lively, occupying the second place slot with a daily take of $8.9 million.
Rounding out the top five, Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" took in $2.9 million in fourth place. And in fifth, Universal's "Land of the Lost" kicked off its second weekend with about $2.9 million for the day.