Stinking Drunk or Not, Will Smith Takes Box Office with Hancock

Critics (the kind that gets paid for it, and the kind that don’t) may not have liked it very much, but the American public couldn’t give a damn, as they flocked to the theaters in droves to make Will Smith’s “Hancock” king of the box office, proving yet again that the indomitable charm of Will Smith can overcome anything, even a film that nearly every mainstream movie critic has panned. How bad were the reviews? RottenTomatoes has the film at a 37% freshness rating as of this writing. That’s pretty bad, kids. How bad? That kind of rating is usually reserved only for movies starring Paris Hilton or Madonna. That bad.

Moviegoers were unfazed, however, as “Hancock” collected a nice chunk of change over the long July 4th week, taking in $107 million since opening on Wednesday and including studio estimates through Sunday. The Peter Berg superhero movie, budgeted at $150 million, easily outperformed its closest competitor, the Pixar animation “Wall-E”, which continues a strong showing at #2 with $33.4 million. Also proving to have legs is the Angelina Jolie actioner “Wanted”, which maintained its second place finish to “Wall E” in its second week, taking the #3 spot with $20 million.

The animated “Wall E” has made $128 million so far (from a $180 million budget), while Jolie’s “Wanted” has already scored $90.7 million, more than surpassing the film’s $75 million dollar budget in only its second week of release.

Two other films opened this week, the indie drama “The Wackness” and the Hunter S. Thompson documentary “Gonzo”, which debuted in #19, while “The Wackness” squeezed its way into the 20 spot.

Here’s how the Top 10 broke down at the U.S. box office over the weekend (via):

1 —–Hancock —–$66,000,000 —–$107,321,000
2 —–Wall-E —–$33,417,000 —–$128,132,000
3 —–Wanted —–$20,607,000 —–$90,775,000
4 —–Get Smart —–$11,125,000 —–$98,115,000
5 —–Kung Fu Panda —–$7,500,000 —–$193,395,000
6 —–The Incredible Hulk —–$4,975,000 —–$124,917,000
7 —–Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull —–$3,940,000 —–$306,590,000
8 —–Kit Kittredge: An American Girl —–$3,601,000 —–$6,128,000
9 —–Sex and the City —–$2,340,000 —–$144,864,000
10 —–You Don’t Mess with the Zohan —– $2,000,000 —–$94,780,000

Hancock Box Office