Weekend Box Office
1) Get Smart $39.1 million
2) Kung Fu Panda $21.7 million
3) The Incredible Hulk $21.5 million
4) The Love Guru $14 million
5) The Happening $10 million
6) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $8.4 million
7) You Don't Mess with the Zohan $7.2 million
8) Sex and the City: The Movie $6.4 million
9) Iron Man $4 million
10) The Strangers $1.9 million
Get Smart soared past studio expectations this weekend, earning $39.1 million dollars for that first place spot. Some experts claim that the last minute push of advertising featuring Dwayne Johnson pulled in a much needed older, multi-cultural demographic. If the film continues to stay strong in the next few weeks, we may be seeing the start of a brand new (yet very old) franchise.
It was a brawl for that coveted second place spot, and the fight was between two older films that have been out for a while now. Last week's number one gunner The Incredible Hulk couldn't quite keep up with the three week old Kung Fu Panda. DreamWorks' animated karate epic, which stars the voices of Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman, held onto its number two spot with $21.7 million, putting its cumulative grosses at $155 million. The Incredible Hulk was close on the heels of its CGI companion, taking in $21.5 million. The Marvel comic adaptation is closing in on the hundred million dollar mark, having earned a total of $96.4 million thus far.
Paramount's The Love Guru failed to muster up much audience interest. It debuted in the number four position with a very weak $14 million. The surprise of the weekend was actually Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. The film opened in limited release on five screens across the country, taking in an amazing $223,000. That gives it the highest per screen average with $44,600 for each of its locations. That's compared to Get Smart's per screen average of $10,011. And Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World continues to do very well playing on just one screen. It took in $17,600, giving it the second highest per screen average.
Will Get Smart stay smart for two weeks in a row? Will Kung Fu Panda manage to hold onto its second place position for a fourth week? Those are tough questions to answer as Pixar's WALL-E opens next weekend alongside the Angelina Jolie action-adventure Wanted, which is hands-down the funnest movie of the summer. Guaranteed.