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‘Angels’ Wins Weekend Box Office

angelsanddemons_posterDespite tough reviews and less hype than its predecessor, Tom Hanks' "Angels & Demons" managed to claim the weekend's box-office crown.

The follow-up to "The Da Vinci Code" raked in $48 million, according to Nielsen EDI. The debut met most expectations, though it fell well short of "Code'''s 2006 opening of $77 million - a debut fueled partly by the story's controversial theories about the Catholic Church. "Angels", which sold less than half the books of "Code", arrived with nary a word from the church and not much support from critics: Only 38 percent of reviewers recommended the film, according to RottenTomatoes.com.

Still, "Angels" edged out "Star Trek", which held well from last week's debut to take in $43 million for a total of $147 million. "Trek " should become the biggest movie of summer by next weekend.

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" ($14.8 million) was third, followed by "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" ($6.9 million) and "Obsessed "($4.6 million).

In limited release, "Management" opened on 212 screens to a debut of $378,000. The film stars Jennifer Anniston, Steve Zahn, and Woody Harrelson.

Overall ticket sales were up 4 percent over the same weekend last year.

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THIS WEEKEND'S TOP 15 AT THE BOX OFFICE

1. Angels and Demons - $48 million
2. Star Trek - $43 million
3. X-Men: Wolverine - $14.8 million
4. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - $6.9 million
5. Obsessed - $4.5 million
6. 17 Again - $3.4 million
7. Monsters Vs. Aliens - $3 million
8. The Soloist - $2.4 million
9. Next Day Air - $2.3 million
10. Earth - $1.7 million
11. Hannah Montana The Movie - $1.6 million
12. Fighting - $1.1 million
13. State of Play - $950 thousand
14. Fast and Furious - $750 thousand
15. Rudo Y Cursi - $450 thousand

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