Sunday, July 13, 2008

Box Office Hellboy-aganza

Dude here again. Apparently there's a movie coming out about a man dressed as a bat. It's been making some news. I haven't heard too much about it, but I can tell you it didn't come out this week.

This weekend, one more comic book character/superhero joins the fray, and this isn't about the man in the batsuit fighting the clown. Let's go to the numbers, shall we? (All in millions, remember, and these are the studio estimates. The actuals will be available on Monday).

1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Uni)- $35.8, 3204 screens, week 1, $35.8 total

2. Hancock (Sony)- $33.0, 3965 screens, week 2, $165.0 total

3. Journey To The Center of the Earth 3-D (NL) - $20.5, 2811 screens, week 1, $20.5 total

4. Wall-E (BV) - $18.5, 3849 screens, week 3, $162.7 total

5. Wanted (Uni) - $11.5, 3157 screens, week 3, $112.0 total

6. Get Smart (WB) - $7.1, 3086 screens, week 4, $111.4 total

7. Meet Dave (Fox) - $5.3, 3011 screens, week 1, $5.3 total

8. Kung Fu Panda (Par/DW) - $4.3, 2704 screens, week 6, $202.0 total

9. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (PicHouse) - $2.3, 1849 screens, week 4, $11.0 total

10. Indiana Jones... (Par) - $2.2, 1664 screens, week 8, $310.4 total

So those are the numbers, but what do they mean? Well, it means Hellboy can enjoy a nice week without having to worry about aforementioned bat man. (He is only a boy after all, although for those who have seen the film, you know he should be called Hell-MAN). Anyway, the wonderfully bizarre freak show from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro brought the filmmaker to his best opening thus far (besting his Blade II opening) and most likely securing a third sequel that we won't see for about 6 more years. Thanks Hobbit fans!

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D finally opened! I remember seeing ads for this forEVER! But it has a T-Rex and it's in 3-D, so it really can't be all that bad, right? It can't be any worse than Beowulf's "Hide-the-wang" 3-D display, right?

Meet Dave, a new movie where Eddie Murphy further distances himself from his rabid Norbit fanbase, opened up pathetically. Like, that's pretty sad. Although, it's not nearly as awful as Pluto Nash, so I suppose there always is a silver lining.

Meanwhile, Hancock, Wall-E, Wanted, and Get Smart continue to make more and more money each week. Kung Fu crosses the $200 million marker. And Indiana Jones struggles to make more money than Iron Man to proclaim it the king of the summer, but it just isn't quite there yet.

Below the radar, a movie called Tell No One, a French thriller that's supposedly very good, took the biggest per screen average (even bigger than Big Red) and took in $241,000 on 14 screens.

And in this week in schadenfreude, let us all observe the sad fate of The Incredible Hulk, which has managed to match the previous Hulk motion picture, but not really advance any further than it, meaning the whole "Reboot" process was pretty much all for naught. At least it was a good flick.

There you have my amazing break down. Next week, SPACE CHIMPS!!!!!

Until next weekend....

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