‘Angels’ tops Friday box office

Tom Hanks starrer nabs $16.6 million

Adults outnumbered fanboys at the multiplex Friday as Sony’s “Angels and Demons” drew an estimated $16.6 million giving director Ron Howard and leading thesp Tom Hanks each their second highest opening day at the box office.

Playing at 3,527 theaters, “Angels” is based on the novel by Dan Brown and is a prequel to the best-selling title “The Da Vinci Code” which follows the theological thrilling exploits of Harvard University symbologist character Robert Langdon. Both “Da Vinci” and “Angels” featured Hanks in the lead role of Langdon and Howard in the helmer’s seat.

Bowing nearly three years ago to the day, “Da Vinci” marked career opening records at the domestic box office for both Howard and Hanks with a first day gross of $28.6 million and a weekend of $77.1 million.

Not only is “Angels” the duo’s fourth collaboration following “Da Vinci,” 1995’s “Apollo 13” and 1984’s “Splash,” but their fourth film together to open in the top spot at the B.O.

As a novel, “Da Vinci” had an enormous global following which translated into boffo B.O. returns with a worldwide first weekend of $232.1 million and a final total of $758.2 million. The first day for “Angels” is in line with Sony’s expectations particularly given the fact that the novel wasn’t as well known as “Da Vinci.” The studio has been billing “Angels” as a follow-up to “Da Vinci.”

Paramount’s reboot of “Star Trek” slipped to second with $11.9 million off 3,860 sites, down 62% and counting an eight day domestic gross of $116.5 million.

Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” notched third in its third Friday with $4.3 million from 3,892, down 49% with a B.O. tally to date of $140.6 million.

Warner Bros./New Line’s “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” generated $2.1 million off 3,150, down 33% with a running B.O. of $35.3 million.

Sony/Screen Gems’ Beyonce thriller “Obsessed” landed fifth with $1.4 million off 2,634, down 30% and accumulating a domestic haul of $59.4 million in its fourth Friday.

On the specialty side, Summit Entertainment’s “The Brothers Bloom” starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weisz reported an estimated per theater average of $5,696 or $23,000 at four engagements.

Samuel Goldwyn’s romantic comedy “Management” starring Jennifer Aniston grossed $109,000 from 212 theaters for a per site of $515.

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