1 Jun 2009

Family movies top US box office

7:28 am on 1 June 2009

A new 3D animated movie from Disney/Pixar topped the weekend box office in North America.

Disney said on Sunday that $US68.2 million worth of tickets were sold for Up on its opening weekend.

The 3D animated tale is about a grouchy widower and a young boy who fly away in a house lifted by balloons.

It was the first animated feature to open the Cannes Film Festival in mid-May and was highly praised by critics.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was second in another good week for family-oriented movies with broad appeal. The sequel has already grossed $US105.2 million in 10 days.

Drag Me To Hell, a horror film from Spider-Man director Sam Raimi, opened in third place.

Vatican thriller Angels & Demons, the sequel to 2006 film The Da Vinci Code, slipped to sixth place. It also crossed the $US100 million domestic mark to reach $US104.7 million in its third week.

Overseas takings for the movie now stand at $US251.7 million.