Ticket sales for Sony's Angels & Demons dipped far more steeply than expected on Sunday, resulting in a weekend gross that was nearly $2 million less than the studio had estimated. The movie's $46.2-million total was just $3.2 million more than the $43 million taken in by Paramount's Star Trek in its second week. In fact, the J.J. Abrams space prequel handily beat Ron Howard's Da Vinci Code sequel on both Saturday and Sunday. Opening with $16.5 million on Friday, it climbed to $17.6 million on Saturday. On Sunday, however, it dropped 31 percent to $12.1 million. Star Trek earned $11.8 million on Friday, then climbed to $18.3 million on Saturday, before falling off 28 percent to $13 million on Sunday. ( Star Trek' s total was boosted by premium-priced ticket sales in 138 theaters, where it earned $4.7 million, roughly 10 percent of its total. It is being forced out of the big-screen theaters next weekend by the arrival of Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian.) In third place, Fox's X-Men Origins Wolverine collected $14.7 million in its third weekend. In limited release, the Jennifer Aniston comedy Management , opened with just $375,916 in 212 theaters. Overall, the top 12 films grossed $130.8 million, up 3.9 percent over the comparable weekend a year ago.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. A ngels & Demons , Sony, $46,204,168, (New); 2. Star Trek , Paramount, $43,034,547, 2 Wks. ($147,645,384); 3. X-Men Origins Wolverine , 20th Century Fox, $14,702,425, 3 Wks. ($15,099,3169); 4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past , Warner Bros., $6,653,384, 3 Wks. ($39,855,222); 5. Obsessed , Sony, $4,588,973, 4 Wks. ($62,610,148); 6. 17 Again , Warner Bros., $3,368,189, 5 Wks. ($58,363,111); 7. Monsters vs. Aliens , Paramount, $3,182,085, 8 Wks. ($19,073,3766); 8. The Soloist , Paramount, $2,402,801, 4 Wks. ($27,505,154); 9. Next Day Air, Summit Ent. $2,244,878, 2 Wks. ($76,132,21); 10. Earth , Disney, $1,697,956, 4 Wks. ($29,088,771).

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