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Weekend Estimates: Hellboy Healthy, Journey Jovial, Dave Disastrous

July 13th, 2008

The weekend belongs to Hellboy, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. With $35.9 million, the franchise looks as though it's well and truly reborn, and a $100 million box office run seems assured. Journey to the Center of the Earth was also solid, with $20.6 million. That's particularly strong given the relatively small number of digital 3-D screens installed in the US so far. But the other opener had a harder time...

Meet Dave was almost totally ignored by movie-goers, earning just $5.3 million. That's not Eddie Murphy's worst opening weekend -- Pluto Nash would take some beating on that score -- but it is immensely disappointing. It even makes the debut of The Love Guru look good.

Among returning movies, Hancock was strong again, with $33 million, and a drop of less than 50% from its opening weekend. The best performer, though, was Kit Kittredge, which declined only 29% from its disappointing wide opening. That's almost certainly a case of too little, too late, but it does speak to the good word of mouth it has generated.

- Weekend Estimates

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Hancock, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Meet Dave