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Weekend Box Office: “The Hangover” Stays on Top

Moviegoers have not yet kicked their “Hangover”–the film earned a second consecutive weekend atop the domestic box office.

Estimates have “The Hangover” earning $33.4 million for the weekend, which gives it a comfortable margin over “Up,” the runner-up. Having dropped only 25.7% from last week’s take, “The Hangover” has crossed the $100 million threshold. At the same point in its cycle, 2005’s “Wedding Crashers,” which had a similar target audience and word-of-mouth appeal, had only grossed $80.4 million.

“Up” stays at second place with $30.5 million, topping the $25 million for newcomer “The Taking of Pelham 123.” “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” and “Land of the Lost” rounded out the top five with $9.6 million and $9.2 million, respectively.

Eddie Murphy’s box office struggle, meanwhile, continues–his new family comedy “Imagine That” bombed with $5.7 million. “Imagine”‘s first weekend only barely topped that of last year’s dud “Meet Dave,” which earned $5.3 million in its bow.

Weekend Top Ten:
1) The Hangover – $33.4 million ($105.4 million)
2) Up – $30.5 million ($187.2 million)
3) The Taking of Pelham 123 – $25 million
4) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – $9.6 million ($143.4 million)
5) Land of the Lost – $9.2 million ($35 million)
6) Imagine That – $5.7 million
7) Star Trek – $5.6 million ($232 million)
8) Terminator: Salvation – $4.7 million ($113.8 million)
9) Angels & Demons – $4.3 million ($123.3 million)
10) Drag Me To Hell – $3.5 million ($35.1 million)

**RESTRICTIONS APPLY** Heather Graham, wearing a sexy blue dress, and actor Bradley Cooper at The Hangover premiere event at Vue cinema in London

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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