The allure of a family-friendly film over the course of a summer weekend brought smiles to audiences and studio executives alike, as Pixar’s animated “Up” took in a lofty $44.2 million, according to studio estimates from box office trackers Nielsen EDI.

The feel-good film about an older man and a young boy on an adventure in a floating house has earned $137 million in just ten days, scoring the number one position at the box office two weeks in a row.

Ticket buyers also chose “The Hangover”, the new comedy about a bunch of guys who wake up in a Vegas hotel suite after a wild bachelor party, only to find out things had gone terribly wrong. The film, which offers a cameo from boxer Mike Tyson, sang to the tune of $43.3 million, scoring a close second place on its debut weekend.

The Will Ferrell remake of the 1970’s television series “Land of the Lost” was lost in the crowd, opening to a weak $19.5 million, although still good for third place. The comedy features Ferrell as a scientist whose experiments with time vortexes throws him back to an alternate universe filled with early hominids and feisty dinosaurs. It has received drab reviews from critics.

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“Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” was fourth with $14.7 million, and “Star Trek” followed with $8.4 million, for a total of $223 million since its premiere earlier this season. Final numbers are due late Monday.

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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending June 7, 2009

Rank Title Weekend Total Gross
1 Up (2009) $44.2M $137M
2 The Hangover (2009) $43.3M $43.3M
3 Land of the Lost (2009) $19.5M $19.5M
4 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) $14.7M $127M
5 Star Trek (2009) $8.4M $223M
6 Terminator Salvation (2009) $8.18M $105M
7 Drag Me to Hell (2009) $7.34M $28.5M
8 Angels & Demons (2009) $6.5M $116M
9 My Life in Ruins (2009) $3.23M $3.23M
10 Dance Flick (2009) $2M $22.7M