Well, people apparently thought that Jack Black as a big animated panda was worth seeing at the box office this weekend and "Kung Fu Panda" managed to bring in a very impressive $60 million, which as Paramount says is about as well as what "Cars" and "Monsters Inc." did.
Meanwhile, enough people messed with the Zohan to bring Adam Sandler's lame-ass comedy to a second place finish, in front of Indiana Jones. It made $40 million, which is about as good as any of Sandler's other forgettable films. It will be interesting to see if this one will drop out of the top 10 as fast as Will Ferrell's tripe.
And "Sex and the City" had one of the biggest drops of any films in the top 20, most-likely due to the fact that all the nostalgic 30-something, looking-for-love female fans already saw the film on its opening weekend.
I say "almost" because the record for the biggest percentage drop of any movie I've seen in the past few years belongs to good ol' "Speed Racer" which absolutely plummeted 82.5% and dropped from 7th to 13th place in the numbers. Despite all the hype, marketing ploys and cross-promotion brand merchandising, this film is destined to be considered one of the Wachowski brothers worst producing films to date.
Here's the top ten for the weekend:
1 (new) Kung Fu Panda $60,000,000
2 (new) You Don't Mess With the Zohan $40,000,000
3 (2) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $22,805,000
4 (1) Sex and the City $21,310,000
5 (3) The Strangers $9,288,750
6 (4) Iron Man $7,522,000
7 (5) The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $5,527,000
8 (6) What Happens in Vegas... $3,400,000
9 (8) Baby Mama $779,090
10 (9) Made of Honor $775,000