There’s been a low-key martial arts vibe bubbling up in arthouse theaters over the past few weeks, what with David Mamet’s Redbelt and Danny McBride’s The Foot Fist Way each hitting theaters in the past month, and all it took to deliver mondo box office was a little animation. Powered by voice work from Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie,
Kung Fu Panda made an authoritative statement, grabbing the top weekend spot with an estimated $60 million in receipts. Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan slotted second, with an estimated $40 million.
Placing third, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull grossed another $22.8 million; the fourth film in the iconic period adventure franchise has now grossed $253 million domestically and another $267 million overseas. Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, pulled in another $21.3 million over the weekend, pushing its second-week cumulative total to just under $100 million. Horror thriller The Strangers,
meanwhile, added 11 screens and finished fifth for the weekend, tallying $9.3 million, good for $37.6 million overall, in its second week of release.
Rounding out the top 10 were Iron Man ($7.5 million, $288.9 overall); The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($5.5 million, $125.8 overall); Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz’s What Happens in Vegas ($3.4 million, $72.2 overall); Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Baby Mama ($779,000, $57.9 million overall); and Patrick Dempsey’s Made of Honor ($775,000, $44.7 million overall). In limited release, meanwhile, John Cusack’s sprawling satire War, Inc. added 21 screens and pulled in another $47,600, to pull its limited, three-week total to around $130,000. Writer-director Steve Conrad’s quietly funny The Promotion, meanwhile, opened on six screens, to $28,900.