Friday Report: ‘Angels & Demons’ Unravels, ‘Star Trek’ Survives

by Brandon Gray
Tom Hanks in Angels & Demons

May 16, 2009

On Friday, Angels & Demons debuted to an estimated $16.6 million on approximately 7,000 screens at 3,527 sites. As the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and the sole new nationwide release, it easily charted first for the day, selling about as many tickets as the first days of National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Red Dragon. However, it paled next to Da Vinci's $28.6 million opening day back in May 2006, and that National Treasure sequel played at Christmastime when initial grosses point to higher overall totals than they do in May. If Angels & Demons' weekend plays out like past similar movies, it will wind up with around $45 million, a far cry from Da Vinci Code's $77.1 million.

Star Trek notched an estimated $11.9 million for its second Friday, and its tally climbed to $116.5 million in eight days. That makes it the highest-grossing Star Trek movie, surpassing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home's $109.7 million. Taking into account the estimated numbers of tickets sold, though, it ranks eighth, topping Star Trek: Insurrection, and is on the verge of eclipsing Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: Generations by the close of the weekend.

While Star Trek's 56 percent Friday-to-Friday drop was steep, it was actually a smaller dip than Iron Man, which was off 58 percent to $14.9 million on its second Friday. If Star Trek plays out like Iron Man and comparable titles, its second weekend will land close to $40 million.

While continuing to be the least-attended X-Men movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine had a third Friday percentage fall that was smaller than the last two movies. The prequel grossed an estimated $4.3 million, bringing its tally to $140.6 million in 15 days. That suggests its third weekend will be in the vicinity of $14 million.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past had a decent hold for its third Friday, down 33 percent to an estimated $2.1 million for a $35.3 million 15-day total, while Obsessed was off only 30 percent to an estimated $1.45 million for $59.5 million in 22 days. 17 Again and Monsters Vs. Aliens had even lower percentage drops.

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Grosses for Friday, May 15

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DAILY: Monday, 9/17 (40 tracked)
WEEKEND: Weekend Actuals, 'The Predator' #1
DAILY: Friday, 'The Predator' #1
DAILY: Thursday 9/13 (55 tracked)
WEEKLY: 'The Nun' Tops the Week with $66.87m
DAILY: Wednesday, 9/12 (43 tracked)
DAILY: Tuesday, 9/11 (47 tracked)
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