‘Hangover’ still buzzing at box office

Warner Bros. comedy nabs $10.44 million Friday

Warner Bros. woke up to discover that its hit comedy “The Hangover” held on to the number one box office spot in its second Friday, grossing an estimated $10.44 million at 3,355 venues.

After posting strong midweek figures, the second Friday for “The Hangover” dipped 38%, giving the laffer a running eight-day cume of $82.4 million. The running B.O. for “The Hangover” is almost on par with that of last summer’s R-rated comedy champ “Sex and the City” which raked $85.3 million largely from the female set in its first eight days.

Disney-Pixar’s “Up” stayed afloat in second place dipping just 33% in its third Friday with $8.8 million from 3,886 theaters.

Similar to last weekend, there could be another close call for the number one spot between “The Hangover” and “Up” once moppet matinees are factored in favor of the Disney-Pixar release. Nonetheless, both titles are maintaining solid holds among their respective demos. With a running total B.O. of $165.5 million through its third Friday, “Up” is pacing ahead of last summer’s “Wall-E” by 11% when compared over the same frame.

Sony’s R-rated action release “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” took third, pulling in $8.3 million to give helmer Tony Scott his highest opening day at the box office. According to Rentrak Theatrical, Scott’s highest opening weekend belongs to 1987’s “Beverly Hills Cop II” which earned $26.3 million over its Friday through Sunday frame. A remake of the 1974 heist thriller directed by Joseph Sargent, “Pelham” is playing at 3,074 sites and stars Denzel Washington, John Travolta, James Gandolfini and John Turturro.

Fox’s “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” drew $3 million in fourth off 3,365, down 35% and counting a total domestic B.O. of $136.8 million.

Fifth place belonged to Universal’s “Land of the Lost” which collected $2.9 million off 3,534, a 59% decline, and an eight-day cume of $28.7 million.

Paramount’s Eddie Murphy family film “Imagine That” bowed in sixth place with $1.8 million off 3,008.