Sequels continue to sell (Memorial Day weekend movie box-office)

The weekend’s top-five movies (estimated totals courtesy of Box Office Mojo; final figures will be available Tuesday afternoon):

1. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
$70 million
2. Terminator Salvation
$53.8 million
3. Star Trek
$29.4 million
4. Angels & Demons
$27.7 million
5. Dance Flick
$13.1 million

Poster art courtesy Twentieth-Century Fox

The race for the weekend box-office crown between the “Night at the Museum” and “Terminator” sequels was supposed to be closer. Both films did have healthy ticket sales figures, though neither will be challenging the new “Star Trek” re-imagining, which has taken the early summer lead.

That latter film should pass the $200 million mark sometime this week — something that neither “Angels & Demons” nor the new spoof “Dance Flick” will be able to do.

However, all the movies did contribute to a profitable Memorial Day weekend for theaters and studios.

These films will face strong competition this weekend, though, from a new Disney-Pixar animated feature, “Up.” That movie is expected to knock the second “Museum” trip from its perch after only one week.

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