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Pixar's UP Soars to Victory

Pixar scores their third best opener.

By Jarrod Sarafin     May 30, 2009

Pixar's next animated adventure UP(2009).
© Disney, Pixar


The estimates for the weekend have been counted and as expected it was dominated by Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures. The partnership’s latest animation nearly tripled their box office score with Up over that of the 20th Century Fox's second place finisher, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
With Buena Vista launching their latest Pixar animation Up into 3,766 theaters, the studio enjoyed an estimated $68.2 million over its first three days of release. The numbers has it averaging $18,109 with audiences across the nation. Their latest release has them surpassing last year’s Wall-E, which debuted to the tune of $63.1 million last summer.
The film is also the third highest opener for the Pixar brand behind 2004's The Incredibles ($70.4 mil) and 2003's Finding Nemo ($70.2 mil).
Following in a respectable yet distant second place is another film catered to the prized family audience, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The Ben Stiller-led sequel pulled in another $25.5 million this weekend to increase its overall domestic gross to $105.2 million since last weekend’s victory. With 20th Century Fox showing the sequel on 4,101 theaters across the nation, this latest report averaged $6,218 per showing with the family audiences for its second weekend. The film’s international numbers are not yet in.
 Universal Pictures enjoyed the 3rd place spot with Sam Raimi’s return to genre horror Drag Me to Hell grabbing an estimated $16.6 million in ticket sales during its first three days of release. While most of the summer tent pole releases are vying for nearly 4,000 screens each, Universal released “Hell” in only 2,504 theaters. This has the film actually in 2nd place for the weekly audience average rate with $6,630 per showing. And while no budget has been listed, this is likely a very respectable weekend for the horror film as Raimi tends to keep these types of films low in price.
Warner Bros. Pictures takes down the 4th place spot for their second weekend of Terminator Salvation, which pulled in an estimated $16.1 million in sales. The latest numbers increase the studio’s overall domestic gross to $90.6 million. Sony Pictures is handling the film's foreign distribution, which won’t premiere in most international markets for another few weeks.
Taking home the 5th place prize is Paramount’s smash hit Star Trek, which found another $12.8 million. The Friday haul has the reboot officially crossing the $200 million domestic mark with a tally of $209.5 million. The overall weekly performance also had the film earn the #1 Domestic Earner of 2009 by surpassing Monsters vs. Aliens’ score of $194.1 million. With the film’s foreign gross of $92.0 million, Paramount has a worldwide mark of $301.5 million.  
The last double digit score for this weekend was Sony Pictures’ sequel Angels & Demons landing in 6th place with $11.2 million in receipts. The Ron Howard-directed adaptation of the Dan Brown novel broke the $100 million mark in domestic theaters to go with its $100 million foreign tally. At the moment, the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code has a worldwide gross of $206.8 million after seventeen days of theatrical release.
One last thing to note is X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which continues to be pulled out of theaters in favor of the fresher summer releases. With 2,263 theaters still showing the film found $3.9 million for 8th place this weekend. The latest numbers has increased Fox’s domestic gross to $170.8 million. And with their decent foreign numbers the studio has a worldwide gross of $315.8 million.

$68.2 mil
$68.2 mil
Night at the Museum 2
$25.5 mil
$105.2 mil
Drag Me to Hell
$16.6 mil
$16.6 mil
Terminator Salvation
$16.1 mil
$90.6 mil
Star Trek
$12.8 mil
$209.5 mil
Angels & Demons
$11.2 mil
$104.7 mil
Dance Flick
$4.9 mil
$19.2 mil
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
$3.9 mil
$170.8 mil
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
$1.9 mil
$50.0 mil
$67.5 mil

Here’s the latest summer numbers. X-Men Origins: Wolverine still has the best worldwide mark of this summer season so far but it won’t be for much longer. As you can see in the list below, Paramount’s Star Trek is rapidly approaching that mark and will likely be in the top spot before Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen enters theaters at the end of June.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil

Domestic: $170.8 mil
Foreign: $144.9 mil
Worldwide: $315.8 mil
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $72.5 mil

Domestic: $209.5 mil
Foreign: $92.0 mil
Worldwide: $301.5 mil
Angels & Demons Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $48.0 mil

Domestic: $104.7 mil
Foreign: $102.0 mil
Worldwide: $206.8 mil
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Numbers
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $53.5 mil

Domestic: $105.2 mil
Foreign: N/A
Worldwide: $105.2 mil
Terminator Salvation Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $43.0 mil

Domestic: $90.6 mil
Foreign: N/A
Worldwide: $90.6 mil
Up Numbers:
Budget: N/A
Opening: $68.2 mil

Domestic: $68.2 mil
Foreign: N/A
Worldwide: $68.2 mil
Friday June 5, 2009 Releases:
Land of the Lost (3,300+)
The Hangover (3,200)
My Life in Ruins (1,100)
Unmistaken Child
Away We Go
Downloading Nancy


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Predator29_home 5/30/2009 1:15:51 PM

Not to surprised about this the kids needed a movie for the summer soo. I hope drag me to hell comes on strong the rest of the weekend

kingofmovies 5/30/2009 10:01:53 PM

Not surprised at all.......kids movies always take the weekend prize......I did see Drag me to Hell and it was very fun I tryly enjoyed it because I respect old formula horror movies......It probably will make a profit considering that Raimi probably kept the budget low.....I'm really glad to see that Star Trek is doing well.....JJ Abrams is a genius........still though .............TRANSFORMERS 2 WILL RULE ALL THIS SUMMER!!!!........

hanso 5/31/2009 9:34:59 AM

Yo The SCRIBER, what was that noise you were talking about the Denver Nuggets beating the Los Angeles Lakers?

Say it with me now, OWNED!

TayDor 5/31/2009 1:03:58 PM

Up is not just a kids movie.

kingofmovies 5/31/2009 1:24:06 PM

Wow its crazy to see that all these summer movies so far have been nothing compare to last year's Box Office munbers.....(Narnia, iron Man, Indy)

agentkooper 5/31/2009 1:58:07 PM


Millions more people out of work can do that to an industry.

Hobbs 5/31/2009 2:27:38 PM

kingofmovies, that's because nothing is as good as IM was last year...thus far.  And Indy made tons of money on nostalgia not because it was a good movie.  The biggest hit, Star Trek, this year was a so-so movie story wise so that's not saying much for the rest of the movies this summer.  Transformers 2 will overtake ST in my opinion because of the wide appeal.

hanso, son you know the NBA is rigged to give the Lakers a shot at the title every year...that's why they've been there 30 times and why the NBA sucks.  No parity in the league and even the hack man David Stern has said more then once he wants the Lakers taking on the Lakers in the finals every year.  It's a fixed league...stick with College ball much more fun to watch.

hanso 5/31/2009 3:12:34 PM

Oh Hobbs quit yo hater talk.  If that was true the Lakers would compete every year and they were 11 years between Magic and Shaq & Kobe.  Also, how do you explain San Antonio winning 4 titles?  It ain't the Lakers fault they are in a bigger market and attract the stars.  Besides if it was rigged then the Cavs would've advanced since it was Stern's wet dream to have Kobe vs. Lebron in the finals.  The NBA does suck, I'm with you on that, the refs are the most horrible individuals ever!  These playoffs have been wacked plus they had the Tim Donaghey scandal awhile back.  I'm close to bailing on the league myself, but only after Kobe & the Lake Show are no more.

King of Movies you need to remove Narnia from your list cause that movie failed miserably last summer.  Along with another May movie Speed Racer aka last year's GI JOE.

Hobbs is right though, we've been stuck with crap all summer outside of Star Trek.

Predator29_home 5/31/2009 4:01:59 PM

Yes once again i've talked myself out of seeing Terminator.  I think it would be good but i just can't talk myself into seeing it.  oh well guess i'll wait for Transformers 2...


Predator29_home 5/31/2009 4:04:12 PM

One thing i can't wait to see is this falls "Something Something Something Darkside"  coming soon to a fox channel near you 

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