As expected Dreamwork's animated feature Kung Fu Panda ruled the North America box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $60 million dollars in its debut weekend, this according to Boxofficeguru.com. The $60 haul exceeds most of the forecasts for the film, and is a new all-time record for an animated non-sequel.
The well received feature should prove to have strong legs as more and more schools close for the summer and kids flock to the multi-plexes to stay out of the heat and humidity.
Panda finished well ahead of this week's other debut entry, the latest Adam Sandler comedy Don't Mess with the Zohan, which gathered a respectable $40m.
Quickly updating the other performances of 'genre' films, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull finished third with $22.8m, a near 50% drop from last weekend putting its North America gross at just under $253m.
The weekend's #6 film Iron Man took in a little over $7.5m and it now stands just about $11m away from cracking the $300m barrier, a barrier few industry observers expected it to reach.
Finally, Prince Caspian finished 7th with a little over $5.5m and upped its North American gross to just under $126m.