Box Office: Up-Wards of $68.2 Million

Pixar’s “Up” proved a lot more popular than Sam Raimi’s return to low-budget horror, “Drag me to Hell”. The horror movie landed at second place in its debut weekend with $16.6 million. That wasn’t even close to “Up’s” $68.2 million take. Though impressive, “Up’s” bow was only the third best for a Pixar movie, counting 2003’s “Finding Nemo” ($70.3 million) and the reigning Pixar champ, “The Incredibles”, which opened in 2004 with $70.5 million. Last week’s box office king, the Ben Stiller comedy “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” fell to second place with $25.5 million.

McG’s “Terminator Salvation” fell to fourth place in its second week of release, taking in another $16 million for a two-week total of $90.6 million. The heavy slip is very noticeable, and doesn’t bode well for the latest installment in the “Terminator” franchise. J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek”, meanwhile, continues its strong showing, rounding out the Top 5 at the number five spot with another $12.8 million in its fourth week of release, giving it a 4-week total of $210 million.

Here’s the Box Office Top 10 (via):

1 —–Up —–$68,200,000 —–$68,200,000
2 —–Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian —–$25,500,000 —–$105,296,000
3 —–Drag Me to Hell —–$16,628,000 —– $16,628,000
4 —–Terminator Salvation —–$16,140,000 —–$90,657,000
5 —–Star Trek —– $12,800,000 —–$209,500,000
6 —–Angels & Demons —–$11,200,000 —– $104,760,000
7 —–Dance Flick —–$4,900,000 —–$19,241,000
8 —–X-Men Origins: Wolverine —–$3,900,000 —–$170,870,000
9 —–Ghosts of Girlfriends Past —– $1,905,000 —– $50,015,000
10 —–Obsessed —–$665,000 —–$67,508,000