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Arts and Entertainment

Box Office Review: A Surprise Proposal!

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After mostly being given up for dead as a legitimate box-office attraction, Sandra Bullock roared back to prominence this weekend as she carried The Proposal to a surprising box-office triumph ($34.1M). Last week's champ The Hangover had yet another powerhouse weekend ($26.8M/$152.9M) as did Pixar's wonderful Up ($21.3M/$224.1M). Sony probably had high hopes for Year One several months ago, but the pic disappointed in its debut ($20.2M). Lack of "funny-ness" and an abundance of "shitty-ness" seemed to be the culprits there.

After that, everything pretty much played out as expected: the very good Pelham 1 2 3 was fifth ($11.3M/$43.3M), followed by the crappy Night at the Museum 2: Taking Advantage of Dumb Americans ($7.3M/$155.9M), the excellent Star Trek ($4.7M/$239.4M), the decent Land of the Lost ($3.9M/$43.6M), the awful Imagine That ($3.1M/$11.3M) and the loud Terminator Salvation ($3M/$119.5M). The limited release crowd was led by Whatever Works ($31,222 per theater) which trounced Dead Snow ($6000 per.)