"The Hangover" is Surprise Hit, "Land of the Lost" Bombs - Featured

Warner Bros' R-rated comedy The Hangover grossed an amazing $43 million in its debut, although Disney/Pixar holdover "Up" remained No 1 at the domestic box office at $44 million.


Update - Final numbers reveal that The Hangover emerged as this week's box office winner, taking in $44.98 million dollars to narrowly beat Up in its 2nd week. Source


Weekend also brought the summer's first box office clunker, Universal's big-budget comedy "Land of the Lost." The Will Ferrell starrer grossed $19.5 million from 3,521 theaters, well below the $30 million the studio had hoped for.


Heading into the weekend, director Todd Phillips' "The Hangover" was projected to open in the low to mid-$20s. Film's ability to roar past those projections and come close to beating "Up" underscores the healthy appetite for comedies.


Pic secured the third best opening ever for an R-rated comedy playing in 3,269 theaters.


Weekend's other new wide entry was "My Life in Ruins," which grossed $3.2 million from 1,164 locations to place only No. 9. Focus Features had much better luck with Sam Mendes' dramedy "Away We Go." Film grossed an estimated $143,260 from four theaters in New York and LA for a per location average of $35,815.

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