Box Office: Still Hung Over the Hangover

Who says you need A-list stars to front your movie? Throw in a couple of kinda-known names, a funny premise, Mike Tyson slugging people, and oh yeah, plenty of positive word of mouth, and you’ve got a hit movie two weeks in a row. That’s the life for “The Hangover”, the comedy that could, which once again finished atop the box office in its second week of release, easily fighting off the Denzel Washington-John Travolta remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123” and Eddie Murphy’s latest comedy, “Imagine That”.

Studio estimates for the weekend has the comedy “The Hangover”, about a bunch of friends who go to Vegas and forget what happened to them the previous night, taking in another $33 million in its second week of release, good enough for first place, and giving the film a two-week total of $105 million. Not bad for a movie with an estimated $35 million dollar budget.

Pixar’s “Up” also showed resilience, once again bringing up the second spot in its third week with another $30, good enough for $187 million in three weeks of release. The comedy, about a cranky old timer and an overly enthusiastic kid scout beat out the debut of “The Taking of Pelham 123” by $5 million, with the remake landing at third place with $25 million. The week’s only other new release, the Eddie Murphy comedy “Imagine That” stunk up the joint to the tune of $5.7 million, making it another miserable failure for Eddie Murphy’s movie career. At this point, ol Eddie better start bugging the studio about doing another “Beverly Hills Cop” movie already before it’s too late.

Here’s how the Top 10 broke down at the box office over the weekend (via):

1 —–The Hangover —–$33,415,000 —–$105,389,000
2 —–Up —–$30,515,000 —– $187,179,000
3 —–The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 —–$25,000,000 —– $25,000,000
4 —–Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian —–$9,600,000 —–$143,447,000
5 —–Land of the Lost —–$9,153,000 —– $34,980,000
6 —–Imagine That —– $5,700,000—–$5,700,000
7 —–Star Trek —–$5,600,000 —– $232,028,000
8 —–Terminator Salvation —–$4,695,000 —–$113,831,000
9 —–Angels & Demons —–$4,200,000 —— $123,300,000
10 —–Drag Me to Hell —– $3,864,000 —– $35,146,000

Below: The stars of the box office champ “The Hangover” are excited as punch by their victory. No, really.