Monday, May 18, 2009

'Angels & Demons' beams past 'Star Trek' at box office Read more: "'Angels & Demons' beams past 'Star Trek' at box office"

"Angels & Demons" flew to the top spot at the box office, edging out "Star Trek" with $48 million in ticket sales.

The thriller, adapted from the Dan Brown novel and starring Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist-turned-Vatican savior, fared less well than Hanks' "The Da Vinci Code," which took in $77.1 million its first weekend in 2006.

Still, even with less-than-stellar reviews, "Angels" toppled "Star Trek," which pulled in $43 million over its second weekend.

Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" locked in the No. 3 spot with $14.8 million in ticket sales.

"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" conjured up fourth place with a $6.9 million take. "Obsessed," remained a steady earner in fifth place with $4.6 million in sales.

"Angels & Demons" was the only new release, but the weekend remained robust for movies, which have been drawing recession-blind crowds and record-breaking profits that are 16% more than last year.

"We're headed toward a record-breaking summer," said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for "If you've got a blockbuster in the pipeline, you're very happy. "

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