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‘Hangover’ Wins Over Women

"The Hangover" lingered another weekend at No. 1, becoming the first film of summer to take the top spot at the box office for two consecutive weeks.

And it did so by turning into something no one expected: a date movie.

In a rare summer weekend for reruns, the raunchy comedy raked in $33.4 million, according to studio estimates from tracking firm Nielsen EDI.

The Judd Apatow-style picture has grossed $105.4 million in 10 days, the first R-rated movie to cross $100 million that quickly. The previous record was "Sex and the City", which took 11 days to reach $100 million.

"Hangover" also is the seventh film of summer to cross the $100 million mark.

While the movie features essentially no female characters, "Hangover" has become summer's unlikeliest date flick: About 48 percent of the audience has been female, according to distributor Warner Bros.

"To be perfectly honest, we thought this would be a movie for guys," says Warner Bros.' Jeff Goldstein. "But I think women are looking more at the premise, which is really funny. And people like to laugh on dates."

"Hangover" edged out another holdover, "Up". The Pixar comedy collected $30.5 million, lifting its three-week total to $187.2 million.

"The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3", the action remake starring John Travolta and Denzel Washington, was the only newcomer to crack the top five, with $25 million.

While the film mustered just third place, its debut met most analysts' expectations - despite a publicity campaign limited by Travolta's seclusion as he mourns his son, Jett, who died in January at age 16.

"Night at the Museum: The Battle of the Smithsonian" took fourth place with $9.6 million. The Ben Stiller comedy has taken in $143.4 million in four weeks.

The Will Ferrell comedy "Land of the Lost" continues its tumble. "Lost" fell 51 percent from its debut - the largest drop among films in the top 10 - to take fifth place with $9.2 million. The television adaptation has done $35 million in 10 days.

The only other major newcomer, "Imagine That", continued Eddie Murphy's box-office slide. The comedy grossed $5.7 million, less than half of some analysts' projections.

The middling weekend sent ticket sales tumbling 17 percent from last weekend and 25 percent from the same weekend last year.

Final figures are due today.

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