Sony tentpole tops box office

HONG KONG — He’s an antihero to some, but Sony’s “Hancock” put on a superhero performance at the Hong Kong box office over the weekend.

The Will Smith starrer leaped into the No.1 spot with a three-day cume of $1.3 million, a good margin ahead of “Kung Fu Panda,” which remained in second place, and “Wanted,” which slipped from first to third.

“Panda” put in a pounding performance, up 1%, though figures are not directly comparable as it opened last week with only a two-day weekend, starting Saturday. Still, its $841,000 total pushed its nine-day cume through Sunday to $2.5 million. Universal’s “Wanted” shed 43% and earned $548,000 for a cume of $2.24 million through Sunday.

The three each played at 35 venues and delivered per venue averages of $37,300 for “Hancock,” $24,000 for “Panda” and $15,700 for “Wanted.” The top trio accounted for a massive 93% of the $2.91 million weekend turnstile take.

The weekend’s only other significant opener, “Nim’s Island,” handled by indie Golden Scene, placed fourth with $78,000 from 19 venues.

France’s “Ensemble c’est tout” expanded its playdates from four to seven and climbed one place from eighth to seventh.

The only Chinese-language pic in the chart, Johnnie To-helmed “The Sparrow,” dropped 85% for a $20,500 take and a three-week cume of $702,000.

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