Hancock Beats Kung Fu Panda To UK Box Office Punchby Contributor | 08 July 2008
Will Smith's new film Hancock has debuted at the top of the UK box office, pushing Kung Fu Panda into second place.
The Columbia Pictures release followed its $66 million (£33 million) bow in the US with £9.58 million in UK box office receipts to take the top spot.
Last week's number one, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, fell to third as Dreamworks' animated comedy Kung Fu Panda - with voice work from Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman - took second place with £6.07 million in takings at cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
Despite mixed reviews, Hancock - which also stars Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman - charmed audiences sufficiently to achieve another number one movie for Smith.
The film sees Smith as a drunken superhero who undergoes a PR makeover to repair his tattered reputation.
Wanted, starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie, dropped two places to fourth while Sex and the City and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull swapped places in the middle of the top ten, with the former rising one place to fifth.
The other new entry in this week's top ten was horror film The Mist, which sees Frank Darabont reteaming with Stephen King for the first time since The Shawshank Redemption.
The top ten films at the UK box office are: (last week's position)
1 Hancock - £9.58 million (-)
2 Kung Fu Panda - £6.07 million (-)
3 The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian - £2.04 million (1)
4 Wanted - £1.24 million (2)
5 Sex and the City - £282,561 (6)
6 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - £273,342 (5)
7 Adulthood - £270,102 (4)
8 The Mist - £157,394 (-)
9 The Incredible Hulk - £117,273 (3)
10 The Edge of Love - £109,742 (7)