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‘X2’ Box Office, ‘Hulk’ DVD, Kennedy talks ‘Mask,’ more: Comics2Film wrap for May 12, 2003

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X2: X-MEN UNITED

Twentieth Century Fox’s “X2: X-Men United” dominated the box office
again, for the second week in a row, according to numbers published by Box
Office Mojo

The Marvel mutants pulled in an estimated $41.4 million making it the #1
movie for the second week in a row. The ten-day domestic total for the movie now
stands at a hefty $149 million.

“X2” did see a 52% drop in audience between the first and second
weeks of the movie. Although that number may seem alarming, analysis from Box
Office Mojo helps put it in perspective. A 50% drop is actually the norm, with
long-legged movies like “Spider-Man” being the exception. The drop is
still less than what the original “X-Men” saw between the first and
second week, when it fell 57%. Finally, the $41.4 million take is better than
the opening weekend of “Daredevil,” which had Fox laughing all the way
to the bank.

Variety
reports that the movie saw drops in the international markets ranging from 40%
to 50%. It pulled in an estimated $32.1 million overseas bringing the total
there to $122 million.

HULK ANIMATED DVD

ToonZone.net
has the details on the upcoming release of the animated “Incredible
Hulk” show on DVD. The disc, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, is one of
four Hulk DVDs hitting the shelves before the big movie comes out in June.

“The Incredible Hulk” animated show ran on Fox Kids during the mid
1990s. Unlike the live-action TV show, this featured a raging, rampaging,
jumping, smashing and talking Hulk that closely resembled the comic book
character. Sadly it only lasted 21 episodes.

Lou Ferrigno read the “Hulk smash” dialogue while Neal McDonough
(“Boomtown”) gave voice to Dr. Banner. Luke Perry
(“Jeremiah”) was also on board as Rick Jones. Matt Frewer (“Max
Headroom”) was the villainous Leader.

ToonZone reveals that the new release will feature the first four episodes of
the series. First up are “Return of the Beast, Part 1 & 2” which
has Banner contending with the U.S. Army, the Leader, The Abomination and the
Gamma Mutant Warriors. 

The third episode on the disk is “Raw Power,” in which Hulk
encounters the electricity monster Zzzazk. Finally we have “Helping Hand,
Iron Fist,” which features Iron Man, War Machine and S.H.I.E.L.D.

The DVD is due out June 17th, 2003.

Other Hulk DVDs are coming out through various parties.

In stores now is “The Incredible Hulk Collection” from Anchor Bay.
That one features two of the live-action Hulk movies which guest-star Daredevil
and Thor.

Due in stores June 3rd, is “The Incredible Hulk Series Premiere,”
from Universal home video. This one features the two-hour pilot movie from the
live-action TV series as well as a bonus episode. The disc is packed with extras
relating to the new movie including a free pass.

“The Death of the Incredible Hulk” is also due in stores June 3rd
from Fox Home Video. This one features the live-action, made-for-TV movie that
brought the TV franchise to a close.

 

SON OF THE MASK

Although recent articles in the Hollywood trades have made it sound like a
done deal, Jamie Kennedy recently told SCI
FI Wire
that he hasn’t signed on to star in “Son of the Mask” yet.
The actor, who stars in “JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment,” the
sketch/hidden-camera show that he created, said he’s sill working out the
details but he’s very close to making it happen.

As with the first movie, the story will center on the mystical mask of Loki,
which imbues its wearer with bizarre powers. In that one Jim Carrey’s Stanley
Ipkiss wore the mask through most of the movie, although villain Peter Greene
also had a turn with it, as did Ipkiss’ spunky dog Milo.

Kennedy told SCI FI that the new movie will try to strike out in a different
direction than the original. “You can’t follow in Jim’s footsteps, so it
would be a [story] where the mask is a very powerful entity,” he said.
“But it goes through different people, so it wouldn’t just be me.”

Last week Alan Cumming (“X2”) came on board the movie to play Loki.

 

SPIDER-MAN’S BAD BACK

Tobey Maguire went through a rough period earlier this year, due to health
problems and perilous Hollywood power plays. At the time, it was widely reported
that Maguire was in danger of being replaced on the “Spider-Man”
sequel. However, those reports were quickly quieted.

Now, The
L.A. Times
reveals that Maguire actually was dismissed from the project and
provides a detailed account of how the actor nearly lost his star-making job,
and how he won it back. Check it out and find out why Tobey admits he
“learned a lesson” from the experience.