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Box Office Review: Museum Terminates the competition!

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Maybe Bill Hader can remind Ben Stiller how to be funny. | Photo courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

While it was expected to be a close race, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ($53.5M) easily topped Terminator Salvation ($43M) to capture the weekend box office crown. Both of these borderline movies will surely be blown out of the water next week by the absolutely fantastic Up (saw it; loved it). Star Trek slipped to third but still had a strong weekend ($21.9M/$183.5M), managing to edge last week's champ Angels & Demons ($21.4M/$81.5M). Newcomer Dance Flick finished fifth with a decent take of $11.1M.

The second half of the top 10 was led by the geeky X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($7.8M/$163M). After that it was the moronic Ghosts of Blah Blah Blah ($3.7M/$45.8M), the surprising Obsessed ($2M/$65.9M), the monstrously successful Monsters vs. Aliens ($1.3M/$192.9M) and the humorless 17 Again ($1M/$60.3M). The limited release crowd was headed by Easy Virtue ($11,600 per theater). The rest of the indie segment underperformed: Burma VJ ($5180 per), O'Horten ($3238) and The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story ($2780).