Up Rises To Top Of Box Office

While Terminator needs Salvation

Up Rises To Top Of Box Office

by Helen O'Hara |
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It's probably not going to surprise you, but the latest film from Pixar, Up, went straight to the top of the US box office over the weekend, taking a whopping $68.2million dollars and leaving the rest of the pack far behind.

Up's result is an impressive one, given that the film is about a 78 year-old man and, unlike previous Pixar films, isn't easily summed up in a sentence (toys come to life, superheros among us). This one's about an old man who ties balloons to his house to go explore South America, and his stowaway, and his childhood hero, and his wife, and a bunch of talking dogs, and...oh, forget it; just go see the damn thing.

It's Pixar's third-biggest opening weekend, behind Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, which each just topped $70 million. It also reportedly owed $35 million of its gross to 3D screens, as it's Pixar's first film in the format.

Second place went to Night at the Museum 2 with $25.5m, a 53% drop on last week's opening, and Drag Me To Hell came in third with $16.6, proving that comically horrific horror still has a place even on a family-dominated weekend.

Terminator Salvation could only muster up fourth place, sliding 62% to take $16.1m over the weekend, leaving it in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine's dust compared to the same point in its run. Still, fan films usually see a 60% drop in their second week so perhaps that isn't too surprising.

But there was happier news in the fifth spot, where Star Trek overtook Monsters vs Aliens to become the year's highest-grossing film to date with over $209.5m - putting it within a whisker of becoming the franchise's second-highest grossing film ever even after you adjust for ticket-price inflation. Behind Kirk and company, however, Angels and Demons is lagging some way behind its predecessor: it took $11.2m for a total of $104.8 in 17 days, meaning that it's making less and falling faster than The Da Vinci Code. We can only hope that this means the world's love affair with Dan Brown books is coming to an end.

For the rest of the chart, head over to Box Office Mojo.

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