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Box Office Review: Up Soars!

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In an instance of fitting justice, Pixar's Up, uh, ballooned past expectations to pull in a mammoth $68.2M and easily top the weekend box office chart. Night at the Museum 2: Needless Sequel lost more than half its audience from last week's debut, but still managed to earn $25.5M ($105.2M). The week's other newcomer Drag Me To Hell scared up $16.6M worth of business to edge a plummeting Terminator Salvation ($16.1M/$90.6M). Meantime, the reliable Star Trek continued to plug along at a good pace ($12.8M/$209.5M).

Angels & Demons crept past the $100M mark to claim the sixth spot in the top 10 ($11.2M/$104.7M). After that it was the underwhelming Dance Flick ($4.9M/$19.2M); the action-packed X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($3.9M/$170.8M); the witless Ghosts of Who Gives a Shit ($1.9M/$50M) and the racially-charged Obsessed ($665K/$67.5M). The limited release crowd was led by the funereal Departures ($8078 per theater) and foodie doc Pressure Cooker ($8300 per). Next week brings the battle of Land of the Lost and The Hangover!