Hulk smash puny US box office!

It was a case of action versus horror this weekend across the pond as The Incredible Hulk’s big guy took on M Night Shyamalan’s latest chiller.

Bruce Banner (and Marvel) emerged the victor as Hulk snapped up $54.5 million, which is a decent opening, but still less than Ang Lee’s angsty 2003 effort and hardly a solid franchise kick-off given the movie’s $150 million budget.

In second place, Kung Fu Panda held up well in its second week, taking in $34.4 million, which meant that M Night Shyamalan’s latest had to settle for third. Still, given some truly dodgy buzz, a $30.5 million opening is a lot more respectable than many predicted. At fourth we find You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, as Adam’s Sandler’s new comedy tumbled down 57%. That put it ahead (in the charts, at least) of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, which sat in fifth and has made $275 million in the US alone to date.

Sex And The City notched its way past $120 million in sixth place, while Iron Man took in $5.1 million in seventh, which puts it less than three million shy of $300 million in the States. It should pass that in the next week or so. At eighth, The Strangers continued to chug on, nabbing $4.1 million for a $45 million total.

Finally, at the bottom of the charts, we find Prince Caspian lingering with $131 million at ninth and What Happens In Vegas at 10th with $75 million so far.

The Total Film team are made up of the finest minds in all of film journalism. They are: Editor Jane Crowther, Deputy Editor Matt Maytum, Reviews Ed Matthew Leyland, New Editor Jordan Farley, and Online Editor Jack Shepherd. Expect exclusive news, reviews, features, and more from the team behind the smarter movie magazine.