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ANGELS Nearly Stunned by Trek

Angels takes the top spot but Trek holds strong.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 17, 2009


We’ve come to a point where the May tent poles are now taking a sizeable chunk of the box office pie for audiences across the nation while the April releases tack on what little they can before phasing out of theaters. For this latest report, the top three films took home the five course meal with a combined $105.8 million in ticket sales between them while the 4th-10th finishers made up for only appetizers by totaling another $23.9 million.
The top story for this weekend is the race for the top spot between Columbia Pictures’ debuting thriller Angels & Demons and Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek.
The debuting wide release always has the highest probability to stand in the top spot for any report but with Star Trek receiving a 95% Rotten Tomatoes score and great word-of-mouth, it found itself just $5 million shy of toppling Ron Howard’s follow-up to The Da Vinci Code.
Columbia Pictures is pleased with their latest Dan Brown adaptation grabbing $48.0 million in its first three days of release. The film was launched into 3,527 theaters and averaged a respectable $13,609 per showing with audiences. The studio cautioned early on that they didn’t expect it to come close to the debut of the controversial “Da Vinci”, which pulled in $77.0 million in its 2006 debut. And with Angels & Demons pulling in an estimated $104.3 million in 96 international markets, who can blame them for being happy? At the moment, they have a worldwide cume of $152.3 million.
For their part, director J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek made for an inspiring box office race against the debuting “Angels”. In the film’s second weekend of release, the film dropped only 43% across the nation and picked up another $43.0 million. It’s not often that a tent pole as wide released as Trek will find itself averaging $10,000+ in its second weekend but great word-of-mouth pushed its average to $11,140 per showing in this report. With the latest estimates in, the rebooted franchise has a domestic gross of $147.6 million after ten days of release. When the foreign numbers come in the film should also be nearing the worldwide mark of $250 million.
Following in 3rd place is Fox’s prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which pulled in an estimated $14.8 million on 3,892 theaters in its third weekend of release. The latest numbers may have it averaging only $3,803 per showing with audiences but the weekend did push its domestic gross to $151.0 million, which is one million over its listed price tag. If you include the current foreign gross into the mix, Fox has a worldwide cume of $274.1 million.
Warner Bros. and New Line’s romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past lands in 4th place by grabbing another $6.8 million in sales in its third weekend. Still showing on 3,150 theaters, the film has a domestic take of $40.0 million.
 Finishing out the top 5 for the weekend is Screen Gems’ Obsessed in 5th place. The thriller managed another $4.5 million to increase their domestic tally to $62.5 million. The genre distributor kept their budget low to the tune of only $20 million so it’s yet another success story for Sony.
None of the bottom five reached $4.0 million in sales but one film which should be mentioned is the longevity of Paramount & DreamWorks’ animation Monsters vs. Aliens. The film is inching closer to the prized $200 million domestic mark. In the film’s eighth weekend of release, it found another $3.0 million here in the states to increase its domestic gross to $190.5 million. Can it hit that $200 mark before getting pulled out of theaters? We shall see.

Angels & Demons
$48.0 mil
$48.0 mil
Star Trek
$43.0 mil
$147.6 mil
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
$14.8 mil
$151.0 mil
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
$6.8 mil
$40.0 mil
$4.5 mil
$62.5 mil
17 Again
$3.4 mil
$58.3 mil
Monsters vs. Aliens
$3.0 mil
$190.5 mil
The Soloist
$2.4 mil
$27.5 mil
Next Day Air
$2.2 mil
$7.6 mil
$1.6 mil
$29.0 mil

Here’s the latest numbers for the summer tent poles. Keep in mind that some of the weekend foreign numbers are not yet in.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil

$151.0 mil
Foreign: $123.0 mil
Worldwide: $274.1 mil
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $72.5 mil

$147.6 mil
Foreign: $49.2 mil
Worldwide: $196.8 mil
Angels & Demons Numbers:
Budget: N/A
Opening: $48.0 mil

$48.0 mil
Foreign: $104.3 mil
Worldwide: $152.3 mil
And we now come to one of the most prolific box office weekends of the year, the Memorial Day holiday.
While Terminator Salvation is the obvious favorite to win the box office with 3,500+ theaters for most of us genre fans, Warner Bros. Pictures will need to factor in Fox’s more kid-friendly fare Night at the Museum: The Battle of the Smithsonian, which is expected to launch into 4,000 theaters. There can be no doubt that the Ben Stiller-led sequel will take a sizeable piece of the box office next weekend.
Thursday May 21, 20009 Release:
Terminator Salvation (3,500+)
Friday May 22, 2009 Releases:
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (4,000)
Dance Flick (2,300)
The Girlfriend Experience
Burma VJ
Easy Virtue
The Boys


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hanso 5/17/2009 12:30:17 PM

How wrong is it that I wanna see Dance Flick?  I laugh every time I see the trailer on the part where Flo Rida's "Low" comes on and the guy starts screaming like girl.

Now if you excuse, Game 7 is on and I gotta see Kobe doin work.

Hobbs 5/17/2009 12:38:13 PM

I know its not your fault Jarrod, but when is the website going to be fixed?  It's been about a week. Just curious.

Wayans brothers hanso, as stupid as their movies are they are funny.  Go Rockets!

Wiseguy, you were right about Star were you ever.  I never saw this thing being a 200 mil U.S. BO draw its going to be.  WOW!!

Wiseguy, what's your prediction for Terminator next week?  I have Night at the Musuem beating it out...and I'm on the fence about going to see Terminator myself.  I've been ripping it from the since McChicken got the gid and they announced they were going to market it for the Finding Nemo crowd.  Yet I don't think I can rip it UNLESS I go see it and give it an honest judgement.  Don't know yet...won't be seeing it opening night that is for certain...if I decide to go.

Chopsaki 5/17/2009 12:57:05 PM

Im curious to know what the budget was for Angels & Demons. It must of cost more then the Da Vinci Code if for no other reason then spending a little extra money on Tom Hanks' hair.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/17/2009 12:58:07 PM

You know who was stunned by Star Trek?  The Trekkies.  Huzzah!

Chopsaki 5/17/2009 12:58:58 PM

"Now if you excuse, Game 7 is on and I gotta see Kobe doin work."


MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 5/17/2009 1:02:15 PM

You know who was stunned by Star Trek?  The Trekkies.  Huzzah!

Wiseguy 5/17/2009 3:52:50 PM

1-Trek almost beat A&D, wow. By the way A&D production budget is listed at 150mil. A mark they already surpassed with their worldwide total. Hopefully we're done with this shitty series

2-My money went to Wolverine and Star Trek, again, over the weekend.

3-Hobbs, I agree with you that Museum will beat Terminator for the weekend. In part cause Terminator opens Thu. and that won't count towards the weekend take, Museum has a larger opening and it's the first major family film since Monster vs Aliens. But I believe Terminator will win the final tally, Museum looks really weak to me.

4-hanso, you say I'm wrong for seeing Wolverine multiple times yet you have the nerve to admit wanting to see Dance Flick. These movie spoofs are so tired and stale I just don't understand how folk still pay for this. Here's hoping the Wayan's can regain their mojo in the future cause it don't look like they got it here.

almostunbiased 5/17/2009 4:53:46 PM

I had my hand on the car door and then just decided to not go to A and D.  I think I'll just wait and rent.

I could go see star trek again, but probably won't.  Best movie of the year (though that's not saying much.)

I'm ready for this site to work.  I hate Firefox.

hanso 5/17/2009 5:18:40 PM

What can I say, that dude screaming like a bitch makes me laugh everytime.  Difference is Wiseguy, I ain't paying for Dance Flick, you made a conscious decision of paying more than once for Wolverine and that just ain't right.  That's almost as wrong as the spanking the Lake Show gave out today.

wessmith1966 5/17/2009 5:19:49 PM

 Angels and Demons was easily better than DaVinci (so was the book by the way). I like the changes Howard made because the helicopter scene in the book jumped the shark (nuked the fridge if you prefer) for me. Watching the movie it was hard to believe that the church and Vatican scenes weren't actually filmed in those places. For a thriller I do think Howard gave up the villain a little too easily.

I saw Star Trek for the fourth time; took some of the neighborhood kids to see it with my girl's kids. These kids don't have the history with Trek that I do. I was anxious to see what they thought of the movie and they loved it and i think they all fell in love with the "green chick" so Rachel Nichols has some new fans out there. After the movie I put on a couple of the original series episodes for the kids to watch. It was funny, because on of the kids said "That doesn't even look like Captain Kirk." I had to laugh at that one. Watching the new movie, I'm still amazed at how they turned a beer factory into the Enterprise engine room. I guess it was a fun place to spend between takes! "Ok everybody, hide your beer we're ready for the next shot!"

Night at the Museum 2 will definitely do better than Terminator, by a big margin (I'm thinking $65 million for museum and $45 million for terminator). It's a family film and Terminator isn't. I really disliked the first museum movie (and not just because of my disdain for Ben Stiller), but I've already been told we're seeing that this coming weekend. I'm not all that excited about Terminator, but the effects looks good so I know I'll go see it.

I saw the trailer for Public Enemies again and I wanted to ask everyone...Did some of the cut shots look like they were shot on tape or something? It just didn't have a polished look to it. Is that because of Mann using digital cameras?

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