Clapboard-Hellboy Finds Heaven

LOS ANGELES ~ Fantasy adventure Hellboy II: The Golden Army bedeviled the North American box office over the weekend, snatching US$34.5 million on its debut, final figures showed.

A comic book adaptation starring Ron Perlman as a demon defending humans, Hellboy unseated Will Smith’s superhero flick Hancock, which dropped to second place with $32 million, according to figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Hancock has amassed $164.1 million in two weeks in US and Canadian theaters.

The adventure film Journey to the Center of the Earth, based on the classic science fiction novel written by Jules Verne, debuted in third place with $21 million.

The animated film WALL-E, which tells the tale of a trash-compacting robot who falls in love in a post-apocalyptic world, was fourth with $18.8 million. It has made $163 million over three weeks.

In fifth place with $12 million  was the action-thriller Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie as a pouty sharpshooter who lures James McAvoy into a fraternity of assassins.

Get Smart, a remake of a 1960s television series about the misadventures of bumbling US secret agent Maxwell Smart, was sixth with $7.2 million.

Eddie Murphy’s Meet Dave, a comedy about mini-aliens who operate a ship in the form of a human, mustered $5.2 million as it debuted in seventh.

Kung Fu Panda, the animated adventures of a kindly panda forced to become a martial-arts master to save his jungle from leopard villains, grabbed $4.4 million and the eighth spot.

In ninth spot was The Incredible Hulk, the latest big-screen adaptation of the Marvel comics superhero starring Edward Norton, with $2.32 million.

Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl, the story of a 10-year-old who struggles to grow up during the Great Depression, was 10th with $2.3 million after making a surprise return to the top 10 list last week.

The blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was 11th with $2.26 million.

The glitter and glam of New York City’s Sex and the City was in 12th place with a haul of $1.6 million.

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