Even though Tony Stark's not going to be quivering in his jet-powered boots, the Guillermo del Toro helmed "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army" took in a respectable thirty-five million dollars to take the weekend's top honors at US box offices, just narrowly edging out the thirty-three million bucks from the Will Smith-fueled "Hancock." Even the BBC had to take note of that.
The sequel, which switched studios from Revolution Studios and Columbia Pictures to Universal, was seen on approximately 4,400 screens in 3,204 theaters. The first film earned only $23.1 million in its opening weekend.
Of the other films that opened this weekend -- both of which had $60 million budgets -- Brendan Fraser's "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" came in at number three with just over $20 million, and the Eddie Murphy comedy "Meet Dave" got murdered with a weekend gross of just over five million. By contrast, "Hellboy 2" had a budget of $85 million.
Marvel's in no danger of losing the summer comics movie crown just yet, with The Incredible Hulk standing strong at just shy of $130 million and the powerhouse "Iron Man" holding an impressive $313 million (which -- fun fact -- puts it at #22 on the "all time domestic gross" chart, just above "Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones" and gaining ground on "The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." )
All that could change when another costumed billionaire kicks his way into the summer movie scene: Christopher Nolan's sequel, "The Dark Knight" opens this weekend, July 18th.