'X2' Box Office, 'Hulk' DVD, Kennedy talks 'Mask,' more: Comics2Film wrap for May 12, 2003

Mon, May 12th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


Twentieth Century Fox's "X2: X-Men United" dominated the box office

again, for the second week in a row, according to numbers published by Box

Office Mojo.

The Marvel mutants pulled in an estimated $41.4 million making it the #1

movie for the second week in a row. The ten-day domestic total for the movie now

stands at a hefty $149 million.

"X2" did see a 52% drop in audience between the first and second

weeks of the movie. Although that number may seem alarming, analysis from Box

Office Mojo helps put it in perspective. A 50% drop is actually the norm, with

long-legged movies like "Spider-Man" being the exception. The drop is

still less than what the original "X-Men" saw between the first and

second week, when it fell 57%. Finally, the $41.4 million take is better than

the opening weekend of "Daredevil," which had Fox laughing all the way

to the bank.


reports that the movie saw drops in the international markets ranging from 40%

to 50%. It pulled in an estimated $32.1 million overseas bringing the total

there to $122 million.



has the details on the upcoming release of the animated "Incredible

Hulk" show on DVD. The disc, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, is one of

four Hulk DVDs hitting the shelves before the big movie comes out in June.

"The Incredible Hulk" animated show ran on Fox Kids during the mid

1990s. Unlike the live-action TV show, this featured a raging, rampaging,

jumping, smashing and talking Hulk that closely resembled the comic book

character. Sadly it only lasted 21 episodes.

Lou Ferrigno read the "Hulk smash" dialogue while Neal McDonough

("Boomtown") gave voice to Dr. Banner. Luke Perry

("Jeremiah") was also on board as Rick Jones. Matt Frewer ("Max

Headroom") was the villainous Leader.

ToonZone reveals that the new release will feature the first four episodes of

the series. First up are "Return of the Beast, Part 1 & 2" which

has Banner contending with the U.S. Army, the Leader, The Abomination and the

Gamma Mutant Warriors.

The third episode on the disk is "Raw Power," in which Hulk

encounters the electricity monster Zzzazk. Finally we have "Helping Hand,

Iron Fist," which features Iron Man, War Machine and S.H.I.E.L.D.

The DVD is due out June 17th, 2003.

Other Hulk DVDs are coming out through various parties.

In stores now is "The Incredible Hulk Collection" from Anchor Bay.

That one features two of the live-action Hulk movies which guest-star Daredevil

and Thor.

Due in stores June 3rd, is "The Incredible Hulk Series Premiere,"

from Universal home video. This one features the two-hour pilot movie from the

live-action TV series as well as a bonus episode. The disc is packed with extras

relating to the new movie including a free pass.

"The Death of the Incredible Hulk" is also due in stores June 3rd

from Fox Home Video. This one features the live-action, made-for-TV movie that

brought the TV franchise to a close.


Although recent articles in the Hollywood trades have made it sound like a

done deal, Jamie Kennedy recently told SCI

FI Wire that he hasn't signed on to star in "Son of the Mask" yet.

The actor, who stars in "JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment," the

sketch/hidden-camera show that he created, said he's sill working out the

details but he's very close to making it happen.

As with the first movie, the story will center on the mystical mask of Loki,

which imbues its wearer with bizarre powers. In that one Jim Carrey's Stanley

Ipkiss wore the mask through most of the movie, although villain Peter Greene

also had a turn with it, as did Ipkiss' spunky dog Milo.

Kennedy told SCI FI that the new movie will try to strike out in a different

direction than the original. "You can't follow in Jim's footsteps, so it

would be a [story] where the mask is a very powerful entity," he said.

"But it goes through different people, so it wouldn't just be me."

Last week Alan Cumming ("X2") came on board the movie to play Loki.


Tobey Maguire went through a rough period earlier this year, due to health

problems and perilous Hollywood power plays. At the time, it was widely reported

that Maguire was in danger of being replaced on the "Spider-Man"

sequel. However, those reports were quickly quieted.

Now, The

L.A. Times reveals that Maguire actually was dismissed from the project and

provides a detailed account of how the actor nearly lost his star-making job,

and how he won it back. Check it out and find out why Tobey admits he

"learned a lesson" from the experience.

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