LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Animated children’s film “Kung Fu Panda” kicked and chopped its way to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, outmuscling a former Israeli spy in the process.
The adventures of Po, a kindly panda forced to become a kung-fu master to save his jungle from leopard villains, reeled in 60.2 million dollars in earnings on its opening weekend, final figures out Monday showed.
The film, which features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, has received broadly favorable reviews since opening.
In second place was the Adam Sandler comedy “Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” in which a former Israeli spy finds a new life as a hairstylist with unlikely allies in New York. It earned 38.5 million dollars, a typical solid showing for a Sandler film according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
On its third week of release, the latest in the Indiana Jones series — starring Harrison Ford — netted 22.8 million, taking its total receipts to 253 million dollars.
The comedy big screen version of the television hit “Sex and the City” dropped to fourth place with 21.2 million dollars.
Fright flick “The Strangers” drew 8.9 million, while “Iron Man”, in which Robert Downey Jr plays an inventor who devises an ultra-tough armor to try to save the world, took in another 7.5 million for a total 289 million.
Rounding out the list were “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” with 5.6 million; “What Happens in Vegas” (3.4 million), “Baby Mama” (806,000 dollars) and “Made of Honor” (804,000 dollars).