Weekend Roundup for June 14, 2008

As expected, Hellboy II cleaned up at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo’s early estimates. (Note: Link will be updated with more accurate numbers later this afternoon.) The Guillermo del Toro-helmed sequel to the 2004 film had an estimated U.S. weekend gross of $35,885,000, beating its other two premiere rivals Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D and Meet Dave by at least $15 million. In its second week, however, Will Smith’s superhero movie Hancock was right behind Hellboy II with a respectable $33 million.

Meanwhile, in five Asian territories, John Woo’s Red Cliff garnered an estimated $23 million and Universal’s international release of Mamma Mia! also earned about $24 million in English-speaking countries, according to Variety. The BBC was also a big winner this weekend, for its docudrama 10 Days to War starring Kenneth Branagh scooped up two awards at the second annual Roma Fiction Fest.

In the midst of all the celebration, however, there was sad news to report, for actress Evelyn Keyes (Suellen from Gone With the Wind) passed away on Saturday at the age of 91, battling uterine cancer.

Related posts: John Woo Romances Asia with Epic Three Kingdoms Tale, Will Give U.S. Audiences Mere Taste in January ‘09; 1949 after Red Cliff for John Woo; Trailer Watch: Love Songs, Diary of the Dead, Red Cliff

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