The Hulk Smashes into the Box Office

With some surprisingly tough competition in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, Marvel Studios’ second in-house production The Incredible Hulk (Universal) won the weekend, opening at #1 with an estimated $54.5 million in 3,500 theaters, which is somewhat lower than the $62 million opening of Ang Lee’s previous movie back in 2003. Based on the estimates, The Incredible Hulk is on par with other Marvel-based movies The X-Men in 2000 ($54.5 million) and Fantastic Four in 2005 ($56.06 million), but with a production budget of $150 million, it has a ways to go before it might considered a worthwhile endeavor to relaunch the character.

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Source: Box Office Mojo, Edward Douglas