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'Hellboy II' Makes $36 Million Debut, Eddie Murphy Flops Again

'Hellboy II: The Golden Army' squeaked out a win for top spot at the box office, in what was a closer than expected weekend battle between 'Hellboy' and last weekend's box office king 'Hancock'.

According to early studio estimates, the 'Hellboy' sequel took over the top spot with a difference in sales of just $3 million. 'Hellboy II' earned an estimated $36 million in its opening weekend, and 'Hancock' had a solid second-week performance with $33 million. If you're wondering, the original Hellboy opened with $23.2 million in 2004.

Opening in third spot with $20.6 million was New Line's 3-D adventure 'Journey to the Center of the Earth', which stars Brendan Fraser in a modern twist on Jules Verne's classic. While Eddie Murphy absolutely bombed with his comedy as evidently no one wanted to 'Meet Dave'. Probably because nobody remembers a time when Eddie Murphy actually used to be funny since it was so long ago.

One 'The Boston Globe' critic puts it well: "There's a tremendous possibility that Murphy has no friends. What kind of pal would let the star of `Pluto Nash' near another science-fiction comedy?" Especially after 'The Adventures of Pluto Nash', which cost about $90 million and took in just $4.4 million during its entire run.

Here's the complete run down of the weekend box office:

1. "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," $36 million.
2. "Hancock," $33 million.
3. "Journey to the Center of the Earth," $20.6 million.
4. "WALL-E," $18.5 million.
5. "Wanted," $11.6 million.
6. "Get Smart," $7.1 million.
7. "Meet Dave," $5.3 million.
8. "Kung Fu Panda," $4.3 million.
9. "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," $2.5 million.
10. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," $2.3 million.

July 14, 2008 |

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