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Two-Week HANGOVER for WB

Warner Bros.' Hangover Scores Another Victory.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 14, 2009

Bradley Cooper wondering when his HANGOVER will end(2009).
© Warner Bros. Pictures


While most people would dread a hangover lasting for two consecutive weeks, Warner Bros. Pictures executives should be very pleased with the numbers coming in this weekend. The Hangover is the surprise hit of the summer and will likely be the most profitable release when it comes down to budget-box office ratio. In the film’s second weekend, the  Todd Phillips-directed comedy landed in 1st place yet again by taking in another $33.4 million. The latest performance also has it at the domestic mark of $105.3 million after just ten days of theatrical release. These are fantastic numbers for a film which reportedly cost only $35 million to produce.
Following right behind in 2nd place is Pixar and Walt Disney’s latest successful animation Up, which found itself recording another $30.5 million in receipts over the weekend. The latest numbers has the film officially overcoming its $175 mil budget to the domestic cume of $187.1 million after seventeen days of release. The film is also set to begin launching into oversea markets soon, which will have it moving up the worldwide box office ladder shortly.
Up currently stands in 9th place on the All-Time Pixar release list for domestic numbers and will overtake Toy Story’s mark of $191.7 mil by next weekend’s report.
Sony Pictures had an average launch performance with their Tony Scott-directed remake of The Taking of Pelham 123. The film debuted into 3,074 theaters this weekend with the sum of $25.0 million, which makes for a respectable average rate of $8,133 per showing. Can the film catch their $100 million price tag before dropping out of theaters in July? We shall see.  
20th Century Fox lands in 4th place with their sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, scoring up another $9.6 million in receipts. With the latest numbers in the bag their sequel has tallied up a domestic score of $143.4 million after four weekends of release. Just shy of their $150 million budget. But if you include their $149.5 million from oversea numbers Fox has a worldwide cume of $292.9 million, which is the fourth highest worldwide gross of the summer.
Universal Pictures found their action-adventure Land of the Lost dropping to 5th place in its second weekend with $9.1 million in sales. Since the film is showing in 3,534 theaters across the states, this comes up to an average of only $2,590 per showing with audiences. The latest numbers increases domestic gross to $34.9 million. Like “Pelham”, there’s some question as to whether Universal will overtake their $100 mil budget. The film’s foreign debut has yet to be counted.
Paramount Pictures launched Eddie Murphy’s latest fantasy-comedy, Imagine That, into 3,008 theaters this weekend but the film still managed to find only $5.7 million for 6th place. The film’s debut doesn’t exactly inspire confidence for the film overcoming its budget of $55 million.
The Murphy feature may not have launched well but Paramount Pictures executives are likely still pleased with their latest launch of Star Trek. The J.J. Abrams-led Trek adventure is the #1 domestic grossing film of the summer. The film landed in 7th place this weekend by taking in another $5.6 mil to increase its overall domestic score to $232.0 million. With the film taking in another $111.9 mil in foreign territories Paramount Pictures has a worldwide cume of $343.9 million.
Before moving down to the number tracking for this weekend’s report, let’s bring up the limited release of Moon. Sony Classics’ launched the sci-fi into 8 theaters this weekend and the film pulled in a respectable $145,000 for 20th place. This comes to an average of $18,125 per showing with audiences across those selected cities. Sony Classics hasn’t listed any expansion of the film through the month of June but if word of mouth increases on the feature film and the film continues pulling in decent numbers, it could happen.

The Hangover
$33.4 mil
$105.3 mil
$30.5 mil
$187.1 mil
The Taking of Pelham 123
$25.0 mil
$25.0 mil
Night at the Museum 2
$9.6 mil
$143.4 mil
Land of the Lost
$9.1 mil
$34.9 mil
Imagine That
$5.7 mil
$5.7 mil
Star Trek
$5.6 mil
$232.0 mil
Terminator Salvation
$4.6 mil
$113.8 mil
Angels & Demons
$4.2 mil
$123.3 mil
Drag Me to Hell
$3.8 mil
$35.1 mil

Here’s the latest summer release numbers. As you can see Sony Pictures’ Angels & Demons has a sizeable worldwide box office lead over the rest of its competition across the globe. Star Trek will likely be taking the 2nd place over X-Men Origins: Wolverine by July and Paramount Pictures does have the best domestic numbers of the summer season with Trek grabbing a tally of $232.0 million here in the states.
Angels & Demons Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $48.0 mil

Domestic: $123.3 mil
Foreign: $290.9 mil
Worldwide: $414.2 mil
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Numbers:
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $85.0 mil

Domestic: $176.1 mil
Foreign: $176.3 mil
Worldwide: $352.4 mil
Star Trek Numbers:
Budget: $165 mil
Opening: $72.5 mil

Domestic: $232.0 mil
Foreign: $111.9 mil
Worldwide: $343.9 mil
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Numbers
Budget: $150 mil
Opening: $53.5 mil

Domestic: $143.4 mil
Foreign: $149.5 mil
Worldwide: $292.9 mil
Terminator Salvation Numbers:
Budget: $200 mil
Opening: $43.0 mil

Domestic: $113.8 mil
Foreign: $99.1 mil
Worldwide: $212.9 mil
Up Numbers:
Budget: $175 mil
Opening: $68.2 mil

Domestic: $187.1 mil
Foreign: $13.5 mil
Worldwide: $200.6 mil
The Hangover Numbers:
Budget: $35 mil
Opening: $44.9 mil

Domestic: $105.3 mil
Foreign: N/A
Worldwide: $105.3 mil
Land of the Lost Numbers:
Budget: $100 mil
Opening: $19.5 mil

Domestic: $34.9 mil
Foreign: N/A
Worldwide: $34.9 mil
Friday June 19, 2009 Releases:
The Proposal (2,950)
Year One (2,900)
Dead Snow
Whatever Works


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originaldave77 6/14/2009 4:42:16 PM

FIRST! Oh wait they do that at other sites.

One major upside of this summer season, is that studios will be more hesitant to green-light Ferrell/Murphy/Travolta vehicles. Ferrell is better as part of an ensemble though. Eddie Murphy, the Uwe Boll of landing acting gigs.

Year One looks good. The laugh before the Transformers storm.  

westend 6/14/2009 5:19:04 PM

Hangover only dropped about 25%?   wow, impressive.  

Riddick316 6/14/2009 5:25:36 PM

I just don't understand how a movie about being "drunker than a skunk" can be the #1 movie in the nation?

I must not be hip or cool when it comes to that.

As for the Travolta comment.


Bring on Transformers!!!!!!!!

NotAFan 6/14/2009 5:44:59 PM

Heard they're alreadt working on a Hangover sequel! How you make a sequel to that beats me! Of course if they can make a sequel to Night at the Musuem then they can make a sequel to anything!

RaithManan 6/14/2009 6:22:07 PM

I have yet to see The Hangover, but when first seeing the trailer it drew laughs everytime before release so I will catch it soon.  As far as Eddie Murphy goes, I gotta feeling he's gonna be screaming at his agent, then at Paramount, then at himself to get Beverly Hills Cop 4 started ASAP.

myklspader 6/14/2009 8:04:34 PM

 “The Hangover” was pretty damn funny to me… funnier than I thought it would be. Glad to see it is Number One again… I think it will be there next weekend too until the following week.

@316mio… It isn't about being drunk, it is more or less about the guys trying to figure out how they got into all the mess and aftermath of the night before that happens during the movie. 

I have no idea how they will pull a sequel off but if it has the same players and writers I think it would be as good as this one. 


fft5305 6/14/2009 9:09:15 PM

I haven't seen The Hangover, but as I understand the plot, 4 guys get together for a bachelor party in Vegas, whereupon, they get so drunk they lose the groom-to-be. Then, with the titular Hangover, they have to reconstruct their night to figure out where they left him. Yes? Well, to me, the sequel could be on of the other 3 guys (I assume at least one of them was single) getting married and they say, "Ok, this time, we're going to do it right."  Wackiness ensues.

Wiseguy 6/15/2009 3:23:07 AM

Haven't seen the Hangover and probably won't. But the talk of a sequel is not surprising given the amount of money it has made thus far but I bet it won't be as funny and no way near as profitable.

Land of the Lost and Terminator are effing up my top ten bracket for the summer.

I guess with The Hangover as a bonafide hit my choice for sleeper hit "District 9" is out unless they do 200mil plus, unlikely.

karas1 6/15/2009 3:50:14 AM

I saw Pelham 123 yesterday.  It was exciting and entertaining though really, nothing that special.  Travolta is rather good at playing a clever psychopath.

I saw Terminator last Wednesday and I really enjoyed it.  The FX were cool and the plot made as much sense as your average action flick.  I liked Marcus.  I hope they bring him back for the next one.  So, they removed his heart.  He's a cyborg.  It will regrow.  He can cope.


Dazzler 6/15/2009 4:40:14 AM

I saw Phelm 123.  Wow it sucked.  Nothing special on that.  Formula crapfest.  No good story to tell there.  Budget was probably for payroll on that one. 

Knowing came out in the 2nd run theater.  $1.50 can't beat that.  There was a subway scene which was way better than Phelm.  Lots of good stuff in there for a Nic Cage movie.  More of a sci-fi movie than I thought it was going to be.  I would say it's more religious than Angles and Demons actually.  Lots of grapic death stuff and destruction stuff that rivals Independence Day from years ago.  Worth watching for that.


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