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Weekend Box Office: Surprise! Will Smith wins July 4th weekend

Benefiting greatly from having no real competition whatsoever, the Will Smith-starring Hancock opened big this weekend, despite middling to outright bad reviews from just about everyone (except, um, us). The anti-superhero flick picked up $66 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period, placing it squarely at No. 1 and almost doubling its take since it started showing at early screenings on Tuesday night before officially opening last Wednesday.

Last week's No. 1, Wall-E, fell 47 percent to the No. 2 spot with $33.4 million, and Wanted fell 60 percent to No. 3 with $20.6 million. Kung Fu Panda, The Incredible Hulk, and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull make up the chart's middle region, joined by latecomer Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, which opened in limited release last week. Upon wide release, the Abigail Breslin-starring kiddie flick grossed a modest $3.6 million, enough to land it at No. 8 (up from No. 23, though it had only opened in five theaters at that point). Sex And The City and You Don't Mess With The Zohan round out the top 10, with stinkers The Love Guru and The Happening finally sinking out of range to No. 11 and No. 13 after only three and four weeks, respectively.

More detailed numbers can be found at boxofficemojo.com.

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