The gods surpassed the scientists at the box office this weekend, as Dan Brown’s first novel, “Angels & Demons”, hit the big screen, hurling...

The gods surpassed the scientists at the box office this weekend, as Dan Brown’s first novel, “Angels & Demons”, hit the big screen, hurling the beloved “Star Trek” into the second-place dimension.

Directed by Ron Howard, “Angels & Demons” took $48 million on its opening weekend, according to box office trackers Nielsen EDI. “Angels & Demons” is the first in Brown’s chronology following the exploits of archaeologist Professor Harry Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, as he uncovers mystical secrets surrounding the Roman Catholic Church. Brown’s mega-hit “The Da Vinci Code” took in $77 million its opening weekend three years ago and flamed the fires of conspiracy theorists internationally.

“Star Trek” scored $43 million over the weekend for a two week total of $147 million, while Hugh Jackman’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” lagged well behind with $14.8 million. “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” chugged along with $6.86 million, while “Obsessed” bottomed out the top five with $4.55 million.

Final figures are released on Monday.


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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending May 17, 2009

RankTitleWeekendTotal Gross
1Angels & Demons (2009)$48M$48M
2Star Trek (2009)$43M$148M
3X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)$14.8M$151M
4Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)$6.86M$40.1M
5Obsessed (2009)$4.55M$62.6M
617 Again (2009)$3.4M$58.4M
7Monsters vs Aliens (2009)$3M$191M
8The Soloist (2009)$2.42M$27.5M
9Next Day Air (2009)$2.28M$7.65M
10Earth (2007)$1.68M$29.1M