Pixar kept it real yet again over the weekend, with Up taking $68.2 million, Pixar’s third biggest opening ever (behind The Incredibles and Finding Nemo) and the fourth biggest opening of ’09 (behind Star Trek, Wolverine, and 4 Fast 4 Fourious).
Sam Raimi’s similarly well-reviewed Drag Me to Hell earned $16.6 mil and landed in number three (behind Night at the Museum 2) – solid business unless you consider that it was $5 million less than The Strangers made on the same weekend last year. Of course, The Strangers, who could forget The Strangers. Who the f*ck was in that again?
Terminator Salvation is now down $14 million from Terminator 3: That One with the Chick. Ouch. Don’t get me wrong, TermSalv was sucky, but it wasn’t that sucky. The numbers for Angels & Demons were also way off the Da Vinci Code, so hopefully we can expect Tom Hanks to take off his Nic Cage wig (and forehead) any day now and get back to being a respected actor again. A freakishly creaseless forehead is the first segno of a career on decline. See also: Cage, Bob Thornton. (full top 10 after the jump)
1. Up — $68.2M
2. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian — $25.5M
3. Drag Me to Hell — $16.6M
4. Terminator Salvation — $16.1M
5. Star Trek — $12.8M
6. Angels & Demons — $11.2M
7. Dance Flick — $4.9M
8. X-Men Origins: Wolverine — $3.9M
9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past — $1.91M
10. Obsessed — $665K