John Hancock appears to be breaking the box office along with buildings in Los Angeles. Peter Berg's superhero flick brought in $17.4 million in just under 4,000 theaters on its opening day. Combined with the $6.8 million grossed from Tuesday night preview screenings in 3,680 theaters, "Hancock"'s total from its first 1.5 days adds up to $24.2 million. By the end of the holiday weekend, the action flick could bring in $90 million - $100 million range.
Last year's Fourth of July flick, "Transformers," opened with preview screenings on Monday night earning $8.8 million. The following day, it picked up another $27.9 million, putting its 1.5-day take $12.7 million ahead of that of "Hancock." By the end of the holiday weekend, "Transformers" had brought in $155.4 million. It is, however, important to note that "Transformers" benefitted from a brand name. "Hancock" should continue to do well despite lackluster reviews from critics based on Smith's star power and likability.
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