Sunday, May 24, 2009

Back to the Museum

Ben Stiller and director Shawn Levy rounded up a bunch of friends and $150 million or so of 20th Century Fox's money and delivered "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" to an apparently eagerly waiting marketplace, grossing $53.5 million through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, according to estimates from Box Office Mojo, giving Stu a nice opening for his second pick in this summer's box office contest.

Stu's "Angels & Demons" also picked up another $21 million, for a cume of $81.5 million.

Dave's second pick of the summer was "Terminator Salvation," and director McG's teamup with Christian Bale has grossed an estimated $56.4 million through Sunday, after opening on Thursday (with Wednesday midnight previews).

Dave's "Star Trek" added another $22 million this weekend, for a cume of $183.6 million. The less said about "Management" the better.

John's eighth pick -- "Dance Flick" -- failed to find an audience, opening at a stillborn $11.1 million through Sunday.

For my part, "Wolverine" has $163 million in the bank, and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" is now up to $45.9 million.

Next week brings Pixar's "Up" and Sam Raimi's "Drag Me to Hell," both of which are my picks. So, I look forward to a nice weekend ahead.

Totals through May 24:

Dave (three films): $240.5 million
Robert (two films): $208.9 million
Stu (two films): $135 million
John (one film): $11 million

Click here for our complete list of picks and release dates.

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