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.
Box Office Grosses
|1||Angels & Demons (2009)||$48M||$48M|
|2||Star Trek (2009)||$43M||$148M|
|3||X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)||$14.8M||$151M|
|4||Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)||$6.86M||$40.1M|
|6||17 Again (2009)||$3.4M||$58.4M|
|7||Monsters vs Aliens (2009)||$3M||$191M|
|8||The Soloist (2009)||$2.42M||$27.5M|
|9||Next Day Air (2009)||$2.28M||$7.65M|