Clapboard – Kung Fu Panda Fights Way to Top

LOS ANGELES ~ Animated children’s film Kung Fu Panda kicked and chopped its way to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, outmuscling a former Israeli spy in the process.

The adventures of Po, a kindly panda forced to become a kung-fu master to save his jungle from leopard villains, reeled in US$60.2 million in earnings on its opening weekend, final figures showed.

The film, which features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, has received broadly favorable reviews since opening.

In second place was the Adam Sandler comedy Don’t Mess with the Zohan, in which a former Israeli spy finds a new life as a hairstylist with unlikely allies in New York. It earned $38.5 million, a typical solid showing for a Sandler film, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

On its third week of release, the latest in the Indiana Jones series – starring Harrison Ford – netted $22.8 million, taking its total receipts to $253 million.

The comedy big screen version of the television hit Sex and the City dropped to fourth place with $21.2 million.

Fright flick The Strangers drew $8.9 million, while Iron Man, in which Robert Downey Jr plays an inventor who devises an ultra-tough armor to try to save the world, took in another $7.5 million for a total $289 million.

Rounding out the list were The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian with $5.6 million; What Happens in Vegas ($3.4 million); Baby Mama ($806,000); and Made of Honor ($804,000).

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