Two movies that couldn’t be more different battled it out at the box office this weekend: “The Hangover,” the raunchy comedy about three buddies trying to figure out what happened in Vegas, and “Up,” the sweet Pixar tale for all ages about a widower and a kid who fly to South America in a house suspended by balloons. Though Sunday reports projected that “Up” would finish the weekend ahead, “The Hangover” ultimately edged it out, with $45 million versus $44.4. From this we can conclude two things: that “Up” is having a great run (to make more than $40 million on a second weekend is very, very strong), and that “The Hangover,” made on a relatively low budget, is set to earn a fortune. That $45 million is the third-highest total for an R-rated comedy on its opening weekend (only “Sex and the City: The Movie” and, yikes, “American Pie 2” have earned more). And though I’ve had email over the weekend from readers who hated both movies (to each their own, friends), obviously both “Up” and “The Hangover” have great word of mouth. Will they stay on top this week, with “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” in the wings? Stay tuned.
June 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM