Top 10 Genre Movies: Weekend crowds say ‘hell, yeah’ to Hellboy
Audiences spent just shy of $36 million to give Hellboy II: The Golden Army the lead of the pack over the July 11-13 weekend, knocking Will Smith’s Hancock to the No. 2 spot in its second week.
In the battle of the new sci-fi kiddie flicks, Journey to the Center of the Earth, starring Brendan Fraser, with its $20.5 million take on 2,811 screens beat out the newest Eddie Murphy film, Meet Dave, which only brought in $5.3 million on 3,011 screens.
In the 980s it would be unheard of for an Eddie Murphy picture to open so small, although this may be good news for Fraser, who’s new big-budget action picture, The Mummy; Tomb of the Dragon Emperor opens in three weeks.
Of all the Top 10 films of the week – all but the ninth spot ( ‘tween chick flick Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) were either science fiction, fantasy, horror or spy fi.
Following are the Top 10 speculative fiction movies in release in North America for the weekend of July 11 -13, 2008.
RANK #. (Overall Rank) Title – Weekend Gross | Total Gross [Budget]
- (1) Hellboy II: The Golden Army – $35.9 million | $35.9 million [$85 million]
- (2) Hancock – $33.0 million | $165.0 million [$150 million]
- (3) Journey to the Center of the Earth 3d – $20.6 million | $20.6 million [$60 million]
- (4) WALL-E – $18.5 million | $162.8 million [$180 million]
- (5) Wanted – $11.6 million | $112.0 million [$75 million]
- (6) Get Smart – $7.1 million | $111.5 million [$80 million]
- (7) Meet Dave – $5.3 million | $5.3 million [$60 million]
- (8) Kung Fu Panda – $4.3 million | $202.0 million [$130 million]
- (10) Indiana Jones: Crystal Skull – $2.3 million | $310.5 million [$185 million]
- (11) The Incredible Hulk – $2.2 million | $129.8 million [$150 million]
Source: Box Office Mojo – list only includes science fiction, spy fi, fantasy and dark fantasy/horror titles.
David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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