Disney/ Pixar's "Up" managed to keep its position at the top of the charts this weekend, making it both the first film of the Summer season and the first animated film in over a year to stay at number 1 for two cycles.
Newcomer "The Hangover" did better than expected, thanks to lots of positive buzz about the film. (Rotten Tomatoes lists it currently at 75%)
Negative publicity, on the other hand managed to kill Will Ferrell's new laugher "Land of the Lost" as it opened far worse than anticipated, finishing the weekend in 3rd place with a measly $19 million.
The other new release this weekend barely registered at all. "My Life In Ruins" is the latest film from Nia Vardalos, who is valiantly trying to re-create the kind of surprise success she had with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" but unfortunately isn't going to do it with this film. Playing on a little over 1,100 screens, its the smallest release of anything in the top ten, but that hasn't stopped the people who have seen it from pretty much hating it. Jette Kernion from Cinematical said, "Women (and men, for that matter) deserve better escapist fare than this feeble attempt at romantic comedy." Rotten Tomatoes currently pegs it at 12%.
And the biggest loser of the weekend was "Dance Flick" which fell almost 58% from its previous weekend. This one will have fallen out of the charts by the time you read this.
Here's the top ten for the weekend:
1 (1) Up $44,244,000
2 (new) The Hangover $43,275,000
3 (new) Land of the Lost $19,523,945
4 (2) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian $14,650,000
5 (5) Star Trek $8,400,000
6 (3) Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins $8,175,000
7 (4) Drag Me To Hell $7,341,750
8 (6) Angels & Demons $6,500,000
9 (new) My Life in Ruins $3,225,000
10 (7) Dance Flick $2,000,000