'Up' holds down top spot for second week
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Disney/Pixar's 3-D animated feature "Up" marked a second weekend atop the domestic boxoffice -- the first film to manage such a feat this summer -- rising above a couple of new pics with an estimated $44.2 million on the session.
"Up" declined just 35% from its first Friday-Sunday performance and totes a 10-day cumulative boxoffice of $137.3 million. Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy "The Hangover" opened in second place with an impressive $43.3 million, and Universal's Will Ferrell starrer "Land of the Lost" bowed in third with a disappointing $19.5 million.
Uni's horror film "Drag Me to Hell" fell 53% in its sophomore session to $7.3 million in seventh place, with a $28.5 million cume.
Industrywide, the $166 million weekend underperformed the same frame a year earlier by 5%, according to Nielsen EDI.
Seasonal boxoffice remains up 2%, at $1.25 billion. Year to date, 2009 is pacing 7% ahead of the same portion of last year, at $4.16 billion.
Also during the latest frame, Fox Searchlight's Nia Vardalos starrer "My Life in Ruins" debuted in ninth place with $3.2 million. Unspooling in 1,164 theaters, "Life" fetched $2,771 per venue, roughly in line with modest prerelease expectations.
One notch higher in the domestic rankings, Sony's Tom Hanks starrer "Angels & Demons" added $6.5 million for a fourth-frame cume of $116.1 million -- and a year's best worldwide tally of $409 million.
Among limited bows, Focus Features unspooled the Sam Mendes-helmed dramatic comedy "Away We Go" in two theaters in New York and two in Los Angeles to gross $143,260. That represented an eye-catching $35,815 per venue.
"The film is playing effectively to a mixed age demo, which is great for the ultimate box office potential," Focus distribution president Jack Foley said.
"Away" goes into 32 theaters in 18 markets Friday.
Music Box bowed the historical drama "Seraphine" with a half-dozen playdates in New York and Los Angeles to gross $39,500, or a solid $6,584 per engagement.
And Arthouse Films debuted its art collectors documentary "Herb and Dorothy" in a pair of New York locations to gross $10,042. That framed a pleasing $5,024 per site.
Elsewhere in the specialty market, Sony Pictures Classics' romantic comedy "Easy Virtue" added 20 locations for a total 46 and grossed $219,327, or a sturdy $4,768 per site. "Easy" cume climbed to $627,753.
IFC Films' Juliette Binoche starrer "Summer Hours" added 10 playdates for a total 48 and grossed $164,064, or an acceptable $3,418 per engagement, with a cume of $790,951.
Disney execs were delighted over their film's leggy performance.
"Life is good," Disney distribution president Chuck Viane said. "It appears we have among the leggiest of recent Disney films."
Disney/Pixar's 2003 animated feature "Finding Nemo" dropped just 34% in its second weekend, representing the studio's best market hold in the past decade. "Nemo" went on to register almost $340 million domestically.
Co-produced and co-financed by Legendary Pictures, "Hangover" was produced for an estimated $35 million and well exceeded even the most bullish of prerelease forecasts for its opening weekend. Director Todd Phillips marked a personal best with the bow, outpacing his $28.1 million debut with 2004's "Starsky and Hutch."
"Hangover" boasts an ensemble cast topped by Bradley Cooper ("He's Just Not That Into You") and Ed Helms ("The Office"). The Las Vegas-based laugher drew predominantly positive reviews and attracted audiences comprised 52% of males, with 53% of the audience under age 25.
"We're known for our big, tentpole productions, but this puts us back in a place we've wanted to be in for a number of years -- the comedy business," Warners distribution topper Dan Fellman said. "The movie just performed sensationally."
Exit surveys showed overwhelmingly positive patron sentiment, he added. "So the word-of-mouth is just going to be tremendous," Fellman said.
"Lost" drew audiences skewing largely to family patrons, but its PG-13 rating -- based on language deemed a bit strong or racy for the youngest kids -- may have inhibited some family traffic. "Lost" started sluggishly on Friday and never gained much steam during the family-friendly Saturday and Sunday play period.
Being part dinosaur-pic parody and part family adventure, marketing was challenged by something of a neither-fish-nor-foul film concept.
"The film obviously didn't do what we hoped for on the weekend," Uni distribution president Nikki Rocco said.
The opening was about $10 million lower than pre-release projections and on the lower end of Ferrell's track record with film bows. Produced for an estimated $100 million, "Lost" was additionally hampered by poor reviews.
Directed by Brad Silberling ("Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"), "Lost" producers included Sid and Marty Krofft, whose low-budget sci-fi television series from the 1970s was the basis for the film. Danny McBride ("Observe and Report") and Anna Friel ("Pushing Daisies") co-star.
Looking ahead, two wide openers are set for Friday -- Paramount's Eddie Murphy starrer "Imagine That" and Sony's cop thriller "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," toplined by Denzel Washington and John Travolta.