Sunday, July 20, 2008

FILM: Box Office Results - 7/18/08

The Dark Knight swooped into the #1 spot with $155 mil. It just blew me away. Yes, Heath Ledger was amazing as the Joker and this generation of teenagers won't even entertain the idea that Jack Nicholson's performance can compete, but the action, the technology, and the twists were what really made it incredible. I feel bad for whoever they get to replace Ledger. The dude is screwed. Meanwhile, Mamma Mia took the 2nd spot with $28 mil, which is impressive considering what it was competing with and its mixed reviews. Space Chimps, unsurprisingly, came in at #7 with $7 mil. Andy Samberg just can't catch a break.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army took a free-fall from #1 to #5, reaching $56 mil in its 2nd week. Poor Guillermo del Toro got screwed with that release date. Hancock, however, is still holding strong at #3 with $192 mil. Journey to the Center of the Earth has managed to stick around at #4 with $43 mil. Wall-E is at #6 with $182 mil, still entertaining children and adults after a month. Wanted slipped down to #8 with $123 mil. Get Smart is on its way out at #9 with $175.5 mil worldwide and Kung Fu Panda is at #10 with $361 mil worldwide. Meet Dave became the official bomb of the summer, retiring with an embarrassing $9 mil. Even Kitt Kittredge managed to make more money, exiting with $14 mil. The Incredible Hulk, the underdog of the summer, took home $227 mil.

Next week, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will bring the funny with Step Brothers, aliens will return to earth in The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the indie Brideshead Revisited will get scandalous, and the documentary American Teen will terrify parents everywhere. But will either of these have the power to topple The Dark (and White) Knight from its throne?

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