A G-rated robot did battle with a slick actioner with a hard R rating this past weekend, and there was plenty of business for both. Pixar’s latest animated effort, Wall▪E, debuted to $62.5 million, while hyper-kinetic action vehicle Wanted, starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, tallied $51.1 million. Both films should continue to woo large audiences throughout the week and over the extended July 4 holiday, though with Will Smith’s Hancock set to invade theaters tomorrow night, in advance of its official Wednesday opening, the drop-off for Wanted could be a bit steeper.
Placing third for the weekend, Steve Carell‘s big screen action-comedy adaptation of Get Smart, which topped the box office last week, added $20 million to its coffers, pushing its domestic total to $77.3 million. Rounding out the top 10 were the animated family flick
Kung Fu Panda ($11.7 million, $179.3 overall); Universal’s Edward Norton-starring reboot of The Incredible Hulk ($9.2 million, $115.6 million overall); Mike Myers’ The Love Guru ($5.4 million, $25.3 million overall); Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($5 million, $300 million overall); writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening ($3.9 million, $59.1 million overall); Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, ($3.8 million, $140.1 million); and Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan ($3.2 million, $91.2 million overall).
In limited release, Kitt Kitredge: An American Girl, starring Abigail Breslin, held on five screens in advance of its nationwide bow this week, and picked up $106,000, pushing its two-week total to $449,000. The Last Mistress and the documentary Trumbo opened on a handful of screens, grossing $35,200 and $28,500, respectively. John Cusack’s sprawling satire War, Inc., meanwhile, added another $50,000 to its limited, six-week domestic haul, pushing its total theatrical gross to date to just under $410,000.