Hulk 2nd Week Box Office

Tuesday, July 1 2003

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"Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" managed to end an intriguing winning streak at the box office. The last six movies to open at No. 1 all did so by selling more than $50 million worth of tickets.

An executive at the film's distributor, Columbia Pictures, said he had merely hoped to open in the same range as the first movie, and said he was not disappointed.

"To us, at least, if we can exceed the worldwide total of the first one, we'll be happy," said Jeff Blake, Columbia's head of worldwide marketing and distribution. Columbia is a unit of Sony Corp (Tokyo:6758.T - News; NYSE:SNE - News).

Blake said the film also opened this weekend in Japan, doubling the bow of the first one by selling $6.2 million worth of tickets.

Dergerabedian said it had become "the new reality" that a sequel will outperform its predecessor, as indicated by recent films "The Matrix Reloaded," "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "X2: X-Men United."

The 10-day total for "The Hulk," a $150 million adaptation of the Marvel comic book, rose to $100.2 million. The film was released by Universal Pictures, a unit of Vivendi Universal SA (Paris:EAUG.PA - News; NYSE:V - News).

Its 70 percent tumble compares with a 63 percent second-weekend drop for "2 Fast 2 Furious" a 45 percent dip for "Bruce Almighty" and a 34 percent erosion for "Finding Nemo."

"Obviously we're very disappointed," said Nikki Rocco, Universal's president of distribution. "You never want to see this kind of drop."

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