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Box Office: 'Hellboy II' is #1 with a stone fist

    July 14, 2008

'Hellboy II' dominates this week's box office, while 'Hancock' slaps Brendan Fraser down, 'Wanted' fight on, and 'Incredible Hulk' falls to earth.

'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' won the weekend at movie theaters, proving that American's love their apocalypse-bringing beasts of the infernal pit. Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of Mike Mignola's comic book took in aboutt $35.9 million, a modest showing compared to other recent starts.

The movie just edged out 'Hancock' in its second week of release. The Will Smith starrer genereated an impressive $33 million, bringing its tally up to a whopping $165 million. The bad-boy take on Superman laid some serious hurt on Brendan Fraser's latest family vehicle: 'Journey to the Center of the Earth: 3D', which debuted in the #3 spot.

The two fresh starts served to push 'Wanted' down two notches to #5. That one took in another $11.5 million, for a total domestic take of $112 million.

'Incredible Hulk' tumbles from the top ten in its fifth week of release. That one fell a crushing five spots from 6th to to the #11 slot. It gave up ground to the other debut (Eddie Murphy's latest flop, 'Meet Dave'), not to mention falling behind 'Indiana Jones' and the 'Kitt Kitteredge' movie. The movie's domestic take now stands at $129.8 million.

The new and improved 'Incredible' did manage to add some distance in our imaginary race with its predecessor, 2003's 'Hulk'. The original had summed up $128.1 million and ranked #13 by this time in its run.

All these movies will fall at least one spot as 'The Dark Knight' debuts everywhere this Friday. We're pretty confident in guessing that the Batman sequel is going to be the biggest movie of the year.

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