I've never been into comic books.
I didn't know what/who/when/where/why/how/WTF? Hellboy was the first time it came around.
Director Guillermo del Toro? Does he pitch for the Red Sox?
I'm still not into comic books.
But now I know who Hellboy is:
"A demon whose true name is Anung un Rama, Hellboy was brought to Earth as an infant by Nazi occultists. He was rescued by the Allied Forces, and raised by the U.S.A.'s Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). Hellboy grew up to be a large, red-skinned demon with a tail, horns (which he filed off, leaving behind the signature circular stumps on his forehead), and an oversized right- hand made of stone." -- Wikipedia
And I've come to appreciate the work of del Toro (and the other two amigos).
But am I'm banking on Hellboy II: The Golden Army to reign supreme in this weekend's box office competition? Nope. Still too niche, the original only hauled in $59 million gross.
Expect H2 to come in a strong second.
Third? Another smart-ass, cynical superhero like Hellboy, Hancock.
First? Meet Dave, starring Eddie Murphy and Eddie Murphy, which is not to be confused with the 1993 classic, Dave, which stars Kevin Kline and Kevin Kline.
Eddie Murphy's last starring gem, Norbit, pulled in $34 million when it opened, back in February 2007. That should be enough to get it past Hancock, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army and the 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth.
What about Gregory Hardy and his future vision?
1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army, $42 million. Big ad blitz, good reviews ... the road to Hellboy will be paved with big B.O.
2. Hancock, $36 million. Does that whale get any money from the gross or the net?
3. Meet Dave, $28 mil. If Eddie Murphy's fans flocked to Norbit, they'll show up for at least one weekend of meet and greet. If this movie had been advertised more, I'd have put it for winning the weekend. But since the commercials for this have seemed to go into witness protection, I'm almost afraid to put it this high.
Here's my top three:
1. Meet Dave, $40 million.
2. Hellboy 2, $30 million
3. Hancock, $21 million
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If you like reenactments, and Spanish subtitles, this take on Pan's Labyrinth may be your thing.