Hulk, Happening Outperform Predictions

Friday the 13th proved to be a lucky date for Marvel and Universal as their reboot of The Incredible Hulk brought in an estimated $54.5 million domestically over the weekend. Playing in 3,505 theaters, Hulk was the second-best grossing feature ever for a Father’s Day weekend release, right after Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which brought in $58 million in 2007. Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda continued to kick box office butt by taking in an estimated $34.3 million during its second week of release, bringing its total take to date to an impressive $118 million.

Also performing above previous expections and defying lousy reviews was M. Night Shamalyan’s first R-rated thriller The Happening, which ka-chinged $30.5 million for releasing studio Fox. The movie also delivered outstanding numbers overseas: It made $32.1 million in 5,714 runs, while Hulk made $31 million in 3,165 theaters.

The fourth and fifth spot at the domestic box office were taken by the Adam Sandler comedy You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and Paramount’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which made $16.4 million and $13.7 million respectively. Box office watchers will have another exciting race to look for next Friday when two big comedies of the summer’Get Smart and The Love Guru‘duke it out for our hard-earned money.