Hero Wraps Up Record Summer Box Office
It was hit or miss at the Labor Day weekend box office, as Jet Li's Chinese martial-arts epic Hero took in another $11.5 million while a handful of new movies tanked in their opening weekend.
Among the films that fizzled: Josh Hartnett in Wicker Park, producer Mel Gibson's Paparazzi, Reese Witherspoon's noble effort Vanity Fair and the hip-hop comedy The Cookout, starring Queen Latifah, Ja Rule and Danny Glover.
Still, not too many tears were being shed in Hollywood. Overall, the industry enjoyed an all-time summer gross of just under $4 billion from the first weekend in May through Labor Day – up by 3 percent from the previous record of $3.9 billion set last summer, the Associated Press reports.
Among the big winners: the sequels to Shrek, Spider-Man and Harry Potter; Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and the Ben Stiller comedy Dodgeball, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations.
The duds: Halle Berry in Catwoman, Jackie Chan in Around the World in 80 Days, Kate Hudson in Raising Helen and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in New York Minute.
The Top 10 movies this past weekend, according to studio estimates, are as follows:
1. Hero, $11.5 million
2. Without a Paddle, $9.4 million
3. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, $8 million
4. Paparazzi, $7.8 million
5. Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, $7.3 million
6. Wicker Park, $6.7 million
7. Collateral, $6.5 million
8. Vanity Fair, $6.12 million
9. The Cookout, $6.10 million
10. The Bourne Supremacy, $5.4 million