Sony Pictures' "Hancock" battled its way to the top of the box office over the holiday weekend.
The Will Smith superhero film brought in $66 million over the last three days, and a total of $107.3 million since its Tuesday night opening.
"Hancock" is Smith's fifth movie to open at number one in the U.S. over the Fourth of July weekend.
The movie also lands Smith in the record books, as he becomes the first star to score eight $100 million movies in a row.
John Hancock (Smith) is an unhappy and reluctant superhero who is living in his own world. In fact, for some unknown reason, Hancock is depressed and likes to drink very heavily. We're talking major bottles of booze here.
Yet he somehow manages to save many lives in Los Angles over the years, reluctantly at times.
In doing so, he has no regard for buildings, trains, roads, cars or anything that gets in the way of getting the job done.
The last time he captured several criminals during a chase scene down a major highway, it cost the city roughly $9 million to fix the damages.
The public has had enough of Hancock, and they want him to stop or go to another city.
Then one day, Hancock saves Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) from being run over by a train. While everyone in the vicinity takes the opportunity to chastise Hancock for his actions, it is Ray that comes to his rescue.
Grateful to be alive, Ray, who works in public relations, now can go home to his wife and child, because Hancock was there.
Immediately offering to befriend him, Ray tells Hancock he owes him his life, and wants to make it his mission to change him.
Ray sells Hancock on the idea of improving his image and having the public cheer him for once.
He convinces Hancock to turn himself into authorities for causing the damage that he's done. Ray figures that a jail term will confine him from the city, causing crime rates to shoot up without his presence, in turn leaving the authorities and people with no choice but to call him back.
Ray's plan works after Hancock receives praise for his efforts in rescuing hostages during a bank heist. Hancock becomes popular overnight.
However, Ray's wife Mary (Charlize Theron) isn't quite sold on her husband's idea. She flat out tells Ray that Hancock can't be fixed, and doesn't want to see Ray get hurt in the process.
Mary definitely isn't shy about telling Ray how she feels about Hancock, and her looks towards Hancock alone tells the moviegoers that there is more than what meets the eye.
What works with "Hancock" is that it doesn't take long to realize that he is one superhero with serious issues. He actually flies with a bottle of booze in his hand.
He gets disrespected by young and old alike, and simply doesn't care about it. The damage he causes is absolutely reckless, and it is an afterthought once the heroism is complete.
While everyone is used to Smith portraying hero-type roles, the negligent side of him comes out strong with this character during the first half of this film.
Bateman is strong as Ray, who honestly sees Hancock as a reclamation project. However, there is a strong plot twist to this film that will take most moviegoers by surprise.
The chase scene along the highway and Hancock's ability to stop a train are notable, and brace yourself for some language involving little kids.
"Hancock" is a decent Fourth of July weekend film that did its job in drawing huge crowds, but in two weeks when "The Dark Knight" opens, people will have forgotten about it.
In the meantime, "Hancock" is more action than hero at three out of four stars.
"Hancock" is rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language. Running time is 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Last week's No. 1 film, Disney/Pixar's "WALL-E" has topped the $100 million mark in its second week. It finished in second place with $33.4 million, raising its total to $128.1 million.
Warner Bros. "Get Smart" slipped from No. 3 to No. 4 with $11.1 million, while reaching close to the $100 million mark with $98.1 million in three weeks.
Paramount Pictures' "Kung Fu Panda" remains in the top five at No. 5 with $7.5 million and $194 million over the past five weeks.
Universal Pictures' "The Incredible Hulk" continues to smash records at No. 6 with $5 million, bringing its month-long total to $125 million.
Remaining at No. 7 for a second straight week is another Paramount Pictures' film, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." The Harrison Ford adventure film has topped the $307 million mark in seven weeks.
New Line Cinemas' "Sex and the City" also stays in ninth place while adding $2.3 million to its six-week total of $145 million. For more information and show times, contact Regal Cinemas Marketplace 24, 180 Mill Rd., Oaks, at 610-666-6697.
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