Hollywood News: Weekend Box Office Recap

Yes, "Hulk Smash." was the quote of the weekend. However, while "The Incredible Hulk" easily took the number one spot at the box office, it didn't have the huge, record-breaking open the studios were expecting. The first incarnation of the re-birth of the hulk franchise three years ago cleared $62 million on its opening take, while this new version managed about 10 million less, in about 100 less theaters than its predecessor, which works out to about $1,000 less per theater this go around.

However, M. Night Shaymalamanamana's attempt at entertainment, "The Happening" wasn't so happening after all and pulled in $30 mil in its opening weekend to take third place. Richard Knight from the Windy City Times said, "If Shyamalan wanted to commit career suicide he couldn't have chosen a more likely vehicle than this laugh inducing 'thriller.'" In fact, Knight went on to associate "The Happening" with other epic failed films like "Battelfield Earth." I smell a Razzie.

The big dropper of the top ten was not surprisingly Adam Sandler's flick, "You dont mess with the Zohan" which dropped 57% from its first weekend. By comparison, Iron Man continues to draw in big numbers and only dropped 31% from last week. 45 days at the box office and it's brought in almost $300 million. Definitely a home run for Paramount, which currently has three films in the top ten.


1 (new) The Incredible Hulk $54,537,800
2 (1) Kung Fu Panda $34,321,000
3 (new) The Happening $30,500,000
4 (2) You Don't Mess With the Zohan $16,400,000
5 (3) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $13,547,000
6 (4) Sex and the City $10,185,000
7 (6) Iron Man $5,130,000 -
8 (5) The Strangers $4,097,000
9 (7) The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $3,004,000
10 (8) What Happens in Vegas... $1,700,000

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