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Tuesday May 26, 2009 4:53 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Ben Stiller Defeats Christian Bale

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Was it a result of Christian Bale’s rant? The presence of that other science fiction movie? Or the lack of family-friendly fare?

When the dust from the weekend settled, a surprising entry emerged as the winner. Despite the country’s current love for action sequels/prequels, a much calmer feature - - was the choice for entertainment this holiday. Ben Stiller’s comedy follow-up raked in $70 million giving the actor his best live-action debut ever. Smithsonian also became the best PG-rated opener for Memorial Day.

Museum‘s victory meant a disappointing 2nd place finish for . Although the saga’s fourth installment earned more than T3‘s debut, its $51.9 million gross ($65.3 million since Thursday) put it nowhere near the estimated $200 million budget. The numbers did give director McG, though, his best premiere since 2000’s Charlie’s Angels.

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  1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, 20th Century Fox, $70,052,004 (avg. $17,103)
  2. Terminator Salvation, Warner Bros., $51,943,726 (avg. $14,715)
  3. Star Trek, Paramount, $29,380,384 (avg. $7249)
  4. Angels & Demons, Sony, $27,413,992 (avg. $7773)
  5. Dance Flick, Paramount, $12,622,450 (avg. $5152)
  6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 20th Century Fox, $9,910,686 (avg. $3114)
  7. Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Warner Bros., $4,767,809 (avg. $2114)
  8. Obsessed, Sony, $2,424,470 (avg. $1512)
  9. Monsters vs. Aliens, Dreamworks, $2,060,680 (avg. $1437)
  10. 17 Again, Warner Bros., $1,292,506 (avg. $1168)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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