'Hangover' has a good night at boxoffice

'Up' lands in second spot; 'Land of the Lost' opens in third

Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy "The Hangover" topped the daily domestic rankings with an estimated $16.5 million rung up in its first day of release Friday.

It remains to be seen how much that outsized start on the frame will affect the weekend boxoffice derby, as two pics aimed at more general audiences are likely to mount sizable upticks Saturday and Sunday. The big question for "Hangover" is whether it plays like a strong date-night movie on Saturday or drops significantly from its huge first-day tally.

The weekend performance of "Hangover" could be helped by strong reviews and positive word-of-mouth from moviegoers. But R-rated comedies often post their most lucrative daily gross on a Friday.

Universal's Will Ferrell starrer "Land of the Lost" registered $7.2 million during its first day in release Friday. That was lower than expected and represented the third-best tally on the day, while Disney/Pixar's 3-D animated feature "Up" fetched an impressive $13.5 million in second place for an eight-day cume of $106.5 million.

Fox's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" was fourth in the Friday tallies, with $4.6 million and a $117.2 million cume. Universal's horror film "Drag Me to Hell" finished fifth on the day, with $2.6 million and a $28.7 million cume.

Fox Searchlight's Nia Vardalos comedy "My Life in Ruins" opened in ninth place, with $1.1 million from 1,164 theaters on Friday.