The unjolly green giant stomped on the competition this weekend at the movies. The Incredible Hulk raked in $54.5 million, which is actually $8 million less than Ang Lee's unloved 2003 version, but strong nonetheless. Now all that's left to find out is whether word of mouth will propel the movie's total take past Lee's flick, which ultimately made $132 million. Proving that kids are a huge box officec force, especially as school gets ready to end, Kung Fu Panda came in second, with a solid $34.3 million, for a two-weekend total of $118 million. M. Night Shaymalan's generally panned The Happening did better than expected with a third-place finish of $30.5 million. Holdovers You Don't Mess with the Zohan ($16.4 million) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, ($13.5 million) rounded out the top five. This weekend's match-up: Will Get Smart, starring Steve Carell, outsmart Mike Myers' The Love Guru? Our money is on the beloved Myers playing his first original character since Austin Powers.
Eva Mendes is in negociations to star in the remake of Bad Lieutenant. Already signed on to the project, which is to be directed by Werner Herzog, is Eva's Ghost Rider co-star, Nicolas Cage. The 1992 original, directed by Abel Ferrara, starred Harvey Keitel as a corrupt cop who investigates a nun's rape. Not a match-up we were dying to see Eva in, but at least she'd be working with an iconic director. No word on whether Eva would play the nun.
Hottie Cristian de la Fuente is more than a pretty face. Cristian, who can currently be seen on USA network's In Plain Sight (Sundays at 10 p.m. EST), is going into the reality-show business, one of the most money-making ventures in Hollywood at the moment. The star's Chile-based production company, EFE3, has teamed up with Fox Studios to procude two game shows to be pitched to international as well as stateside Spanish-language networks: Family Trust and Family Dance-Off. In the latter, families compete against each other for money, in the former, a family is given $1 million and then fight each other to keep a share. Sounds like the next reality hit to us!