Box Office Breakdown: Angels & Demons Spreads its Wings

Tom Hanks soared at the box office this weekend as Angels & Demons held off a furious push from J.J.

Tom Hanks soared at the box office this weekend as Angels & Demons held off a furious push from J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek to land in first place with an estimated $48 million in grosses. While that represents a significant step down from The Da Vinci Code—that film opened almost three years ago to the day with $77.1 million—Angels & Demons still grossed over $150 million worldwide and should be a moneymaker for Sony despite a hefty price tag. Beaming into second place was Star Trek with a very healthy $43 million, bringing its total to $147.6 million after only 10 days. As we do each Monday, here’s a breakdown of the top five at the box office.

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1. Angels & Demons: $48 million ($48 million total)

Basically, the perception of this number depends on whether or not you’re an optimist. For those of you who are: Angels & Demons is the second biggest opening of Tom Hanks’ illustrious career (behind only The Da Vinci Code) and will quite possibly be one of the five biggest worldwide grossers of the year. For those of you who aren’t: Angels & Demons opened almost $30 million lower than its predecessor and only managed to procure the sixth best opening weekend of 2009, lagging behind such luminaries as Watchmen and Fast & Furious. As always, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

2. Star Trek: $43 million ($147.6 million total)

Legs alert! The beloved franchise reboot eased only 43 percent in weekend number two, putting it in the same company as Batman Begins, which performed similarly during its second weekend in 2005. If Star Trek can make it through Memorial Day without taking a major plunge, there’s an outside chance it can hit $300 million overall. The first real hit of 2009 is upon us.

3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine: $14.8 million ($151.1 million total)

After a disastrous, Watchmen-like drop last weekend, X-Men Origins: Wolverine stabilized somewhat, shedding only 44 percent of its audience to place third. Despite the better news, though, it appears that Wolverine will top out before it can pass the $200 million barrier. After such a gigantic opening, that has to sting 20th Century Fox just a little bit.

4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: $6.8 million ($40 million total)

Another weekend, another small decline. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past will wind up ranking as one of Matthew McConaughey’s lowest-grossing romantic comedies, but after opening with such a thud, clearly the film has connected with the audience on some level—this is the second straight week with a decline under 35 percent. Since the box office is so male-dominated right now—the top three films barely have one female lead combined—it’s no wonder this is holding up so well.

5. Obsessed: $4.6 million ($62.5 million total)

Obsessed edged out 17 Again ($3.4 million/$58.3 million) and Monsters vs. Aliens ($3 million/$190 million) for the fifth spot at the box office, pushing its overall gross to nearly $63 million. Further proof that people will see anything in the movie theater is not needed.

Box Office Breakdown: Angels & Demons Spreads its Wings