Hollywood: Will Smith Rules International Box Office With ‘Hancock’

Will Smith cleaned up at the box office this weekend. According to reports, the actor’s latest blockbuster “Hancock,” sold an estimated $185 million worth of tickets internationally since it’s opening last week. The comedy drama, in which Smith portrays a drunken crime-fighter with an image problem, in the United States and Canada, alone, sold $107.3 million tickets since opening Tuesday, July 1st. In addition to the North American totals, “Hancock” which hit 50 other markets including Australia, Brazil, Britain and South Korea cleaned up another $78.3 million making it the year’s third-largest foreign opening just behind “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “Iron Man.” Smith, now 39, has ruled the 4th of the July weekend a record five times since 1996’s “Independence day,” the biggest movie of his career. “Hancock,” so far will rank as Smith’s third most successful film, according to Box Office Mojo. “Audiences love Will Smith and the characters he plays,” said Rory Bruer, Columbia’s president of domestic theatrical distribution. “People want to share in the things he’s doing.” “Hancock,” hits theaters in France, Mexico and Russia Friday, July 11th.

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