Will people turn out to revisit a character they revisited only five years previously? It seems so. Universal’s reboot of The Incredible Hulk owned the top spot at the box office this past weekend, grossing $54.5 million (down from the $62.1 grossed by Ang Lee’s 2003 version, starring Eric Bana). Powered by voice work from Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie — and abetted by a lack of direct genre competition — the animated family flick
Kung Fu Panda made a strong second week showing, earning an additional $34.3 million to push its accumulated domestic receipts to just under $118 million. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s R-rated The Happening, meanwhile, debuted in third place with $30.5 million.
Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan slotted fourth, with an estimated $16.4 million in its second week of release. Placing fifth was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which grossed another $13.5 million; the
fourth film in the iconic period adventure franchise has now grossed
$275 million domestically and another $327 million overseas. Rounding out the top 10 were Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and a bunch of shoes and handbags ($10.2 million for the weekend, just under $120 million in total); Paramount’s high-flying Iron Man ($5.1 million, $297.4 overall); horror
thriller The Strangers
($5.1 million, $45.3 million overall); The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($3 million, $131.7 overall); and Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz’s What Happens in Vegas ($1.7 million, $75.8 overall).
In limited release, meanwhile, writer-director Steve Conrad’s
quietly funny The Promotion, added 75 screens and grossed $137,000; John Cusack’s sprawling satire War, Inc.
added nine more theaters and pushed its slow roll-out, month-long total to around $236,000. Werner Herzog’s documentary Encounter at the End of the World opened in a single theater in New York City, to $17,500.