E Any doubt about whether an animated movie featuring a 78-year-old man as the principal character could become successful at the box office faded into the clouds over the weekend as Disney/Pixar's Up opened with $68.2 million. It was the Pixar team's 10th consecutive hit. The take surpassed the $63.1 million debut of WALL-E last year but was slightly behind the $70-million starts for Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Up pushed last week's winner, Fox's Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian to second place with $25.5 million. Universal's Drag Me to Hell, the only other film to open wide, placed third with an unexceptional $16.6 million. Meanwhile, Star Trek passed the $200-million mark with a take of $12.8 million. Its current gross -- $209.5 million -- makes it the year's top-grossing movie.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Up , $68.2 million; 2. Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian , $25.5 million; 3. Drag Me to Hell , $16.6 million; 4. Terminator Salvation , $16.1 million; 5. Star Trek , $12.8 million; 6. Angels & Demons, $11.2 million; 7. Dance Flick , $4.9 million; 8. X-Men Origins Wolverine , $3.9 million; 9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past , $1.9 million; 10. O bsessed , $665,000.

01/06/2009