Well, it was a good weekend for the top two movies at the box office this weekend. Kung Fu Panda won the box office this week with a take of $60 million dollars! Meanwhile, the Adam Sandler flick You Don’t Mess With the Zohan took in $40 million. So it was a good weekend all the way around at the box office, with two movies at the top making boatloads of money. These theater owners should be pleased, because they’ve had a rough ride lately (with Speed Racer flopping, etcetera.)
In third place was Indiana Jones 4 at 22.8 million, and dropping all the way down to fourth was Sex and the City, which took a massive 62.5 per cent drop down to $21.3 million. Seems to me that all the stories out there about how this was the “most anticipated” movie of the summer were dead-on. So many people were anticipating this movie that they all went to last Friday’s screenings! Since then, Sex and the City has dropped like a rock. I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not.
Nor am I surprised at the top two movies — though I gather folks at the studios were surprised. But I’d been saying for weeks that I thought Kung Fu Panda would be big, and it is. The moment I found out this flick was playing in 4,100 theaters I knew these predictions of high-40s would be off by a mile. This is officially the top animated opening weekend of the year so far, topping Horton Hears a Who! We’ll see what happens when Wall-E comes out in a few weeks.
Overall, Iron Man is up to $288 million and Indiana Jones 4 is catching up fast at $253 million.
That’s it for this weekend! See you next weekend for what promises to be a really big weekend, with both The Happening and The Incredible Hulk rolling out.