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As the gloomiest of Junes hangs over La-La Land, just keeping remind yourself that the sun'll come out tomorrow. Unless you're Eddie Murphy's career. Soak in a ray of box office grosses after the jump.
1. The Hangover
Gross: $33,415,000 (cume: $105,389,000)
Screens: 3,355 (PSA: $9,960)
Weeks: 2 (Change: -25.7%)
It went in a bearded miscreant in a jockstrap, it came out a whale: Tossing another $33 mil into the trunk of its silver 1969 Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet after cleaning up at the box office blackjack tables is Todd Phillips' The Hangover. And while it's a smash with audiences, don't be entirely surprised when it's also recognized by its peers come awards season, after Warner Bros.'s ambitious For Your Consideration campaign touting it as "Saving Private Ryan with Roofies instead of Nazis."
Gross: $30,515,000 (cume: $187,179,000)
Screens: 3,886 (PSA: $7,853)
Weeks: 3 (Change: -30.9%)
Already $25 million ahead of where WALL·E was at this point last summer is Pixar's offbeat fable about a cranky widower, a cub scout, a talking dog, and a giant bird named Kevin -- coincidentally, the four mysterious things the Hangover boys find wandering around their bamboo hut the morning after in The Hangover 2: Thai Sex Tour.
3. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Gross: $25,000,000 (new)
Screens: 3,074 (PSA: $8,133)
Neither dazzling or disappointing Columbia was their retread of a 1974 Walter Matthau thriller -- cleverly reconfigured for tech-savvy 2009 audiences, and with the unusual choice of putting the mom from Hairspray in the role of the homicidal subway hijacker. It doesn't always work, but when it does -- such as in the climactic confrontation where she threatens Denzel Washington, "You have 11 minutes to get me my money ... or I'll do the Mashed Potato!" -- the movie really fires on all cylinders.
4. Night Of The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian
Gross: $9,600,000 (cume: $143,447,000)
Screens: 3,365 (PSA: $2,853)
Weeks: 4 (Change: -34.4%)
In honor of NatM2's fourth week in the Top 5, we honor it with this fan-made YouTube video: "Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: A True Story," set to Stephen Lynch's stirring tribute to hypothetical queer pride, "If I Were Gay." Enjoy.
5. Land of the Lost
Gross: $9,153,000 (cume: $34,980,000)
Screens: 3,534 (PSA: $2,590)
Weeks: 2 (Change: -51.4%)
Hanging on valiantly is Universal's pterodactyl-sized summer turkey, Land of the Lost. Entertainment Weekly put it best, I think, when they asked: "What happened to movies made for grown-ups?" What indeed.
6. Imagine That
Gross: $5,700,000 (new)
Screens: 3,008 (PSA: $1,895)
This marks two spectacular bombs in as many summers for Eddie Murphy. Let the blame game begin, but I don't know if it's fair to heap it all atop the once-mighty star's limp shoulders. After all, any project pitched as "three words: magical fridge art. It writes itself!" is bound to have trouble finding its audience, regardless of who plays the charmed macaroni sculpture's lucky beneficiary.
[Figures: Box Office Mojo]