Better news for Hellboy II: The Golden Army, whose $35.9 million bow won't set any records this summer, but is a solid improvement on Hellboy's $23 million opening (it would go on to gross $60 million) and good enough for first. On the other hand, Journey to the Center of the Earth's $20.6 million, 3rd place finish has to be considered a mixed success. $11.7 million of that came from the film's 857 3-D locations (significantly less than a third of its total sites). That's not surprising, considering how much the movie was marketed as a 3-D affair; I wonder how many people went in thinking they were going to watch it in 3-D and went home disappointed. (Not receiving a pair of 3-D glasses would have tipped them off, I suppose.)
Nothing remarkable going on among the holdovers this week. Hancock dropped 47% in its second weekend and is sitting pretty with a $165 million cume (though recall that it was released two Tuesdays ago). Wall-E lost another 42% and, at $162.7 million after three weeks, it's tracking behind The Incredibles and Finding Nemo, but ahead of every other Pixar offering.
The full top 10 after the jump!
1 - Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Universal) - $35.89 ($11,200) - $35.89
2 - Hancock (Columbia) - $33.00 ($8,322) - $165.03
3 - Journey to the Center of the Earth (New Line) - $20.58 ($7,321) - $20.58
4 - Wall-E (Disney) - $18.51 ($4,808) - $162.78
5 - Wanted (Universal) - $11.59 ($3,669) - $112.05
6 - Get Smart (Warner Bros.) - $7.11 ($2,302) - $111.47
7 - Meet Dave (Fox) - $5.30 ($1,760) - $5.30
8 - Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworks Animation) - $4.30 ($1,590) - $202.04
9 - Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (Picturehouse) - $2.36 ($1,274) - $11.05
10 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount) - $2.25 ($1,352) - $310.48
I genuflect before the awesomeness of Box Office Mojo, which had the numbers.
Next week, the ABBA musical Mamma Mia! faces off against Space Chimps. I think Mamma Mia! will surprise some people, and I am tempted to say that Space Chimps hasn't really been advertised much, but then I don't watch kid TV. What? Oh, and The Dark Knight is opening too.