|Posted: 13 Jul 2008 21:13|
Join Date: Apr 2006
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army," starring Ron Perlman as the big red dude with sawed off horns, opened at No. 1 after selling about $35.9 million worth of tickets.
The Universal Pictures release, which cost about $85 million to make, exceeded industry expectations, as well as the $23.2 million start for its 2004 predecessor, "Hellboy."
The sequel becomes the third comic-book property to lead the field this summer, following "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk."
But its reign will be brief, as the highly anticipated Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" opens on Friday.
"HANCOCK" STILL HOT
Last weekend's champ, Columbia Pictures' Will Smith superhero comedy "Hancock," slipped to No. 2 with $33 million, taking its 12-day total to $165 million. The film's overseas total raced to $180 million, and the Sony Corp studio said it is on track to exceed $500 million worldwide.
Also new was the Warner Bros. family adventure "Journey to the Center of the Earth," starring Brendan Fraser, which opened at No. 3 with $20.6 million, also exceeding expectations.
Venues equipped with 3-D capabilities accounted for 30 percent of the locations, but 57 percent of the gross, said the Time Warner Inc-owned studio. The film cost about $54 million to make.
I got to see Hellboy and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Funny it's been a while since Brendan Fraser has made any movies and all of a sudden he's in two in one summer counting Mummy 3 opening in August. That's another one I got to see.