On Friday, I said that "Hellboy 2" would easily take the top spot in the box office, and that "Hancock" would be bumped to 4th or 5th place. However I clearly underestimated just how astoundingly bad Eddie Murphy's film would be, and how strongly the audiences would be able to see through the thin veneer of the glossy trailer.
"Meet Dave" ended up bowing at seventh place and bringing in a minuscule $5.3 million. The numbers show that audiences would rather watch a movie that's been at the box office for over three weeks than have to endure Murphy's latest hurricane-like vortex of suck.
I just have to come out and say what I am sure many other critics will be saying for some time: "Meet Dave" is this year's "Pluto Nash" and should be the final nail in the coffin for Eddie Murphey's on-screen acting career.
When a film is not screened for the press, its usually a huge red flag. Still I am rather surprised at just how bad it actually did at the box office.
Meanwhile, Will Smith's popcorn flick "Hancock" had the biggest drop of any film in the top ten and still managed to rake in $33 million for its second weekend.
And New Line Cinema's marketing department should be commended for conning audiences into seeing their 3D gimmick-flick remake of "Journey to the Center of the Earth." It scored $7,300 per screen on 2,800 screens to take third place.
Here's the top ten for this weekend. Expect some big upsets and huge changes in these numbers for next week, when The Dark Knight flys from its cave.
1 (new) Hellboy 2: The Golden Army $35,884,000
2 (1) Hancock $33,000,000
3 (new) Journey to the Center of the Earth $20,580,000
4 (2) WALL-E $18,509,000
5 (3) Wanted $11,586,190
6 (4) Get Smart $7,105,000
7 (new) Meet Dave $5,300,000
8 (5) Kung Fu Panda $4,300,000
9 (8) Kit Kittredge: An American Girl $2,356,720
10 (7) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $2,250,000