''Dodgeball'' takes out Tom Hanks at the box office -- Surprisingly, the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy trumps ''The Terminal'' and ''Harry Potter''

By Dave Karger
Updated June 19, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Ben Stiller, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Credit: Dodgeball: Tracey Bennett

He may be 35 years out of junior high, but Tom Hanks just got hit hard by a ”Dodgeball.”

Hanks’ latest film, ”The Terminal,” was trounced at the box office this weekend by the Vince Vaughn/Ben Stiller comedy ”Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” which grossed $30 million, according to studio estimates.

Young fans, who are more likely to see a film during its opening weekend, apparently came out in full force to see the goofy film in the hopes that it would provide similar laughs to Stiller’s other comedies, ”There’s Something About Mary” and ”Along Came Polly.”

”The Terminal,” meanwhile, debuted with a relatively quiet $18.7 million despite the combined drawing power of Hanks, costar Catherine Zeta-Jones, and director Steven Spielberg. By comparison, Hanks’ recent summer drama ”Road to Perdition,” which was considered a much tougher sell, opened with $22.1 million two years ago. Perhaps some Hanks fans would prefer he stick to using his natural accent?

The reigning No. 1 film, ”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” took another 50 percent tumble to $17.4 million, bringing its total to $190.3 million, while ”Shrek 2” fell 42 percent to $13.6 million. That sequel has now grossed $378.3 million, making it the top film of the year so far (ahead of ”The Passion of the Christ”) and the No. 6 top grosser of all time. Completing the top five was ”Garfield: The Movie,” which slipped 49 percent in its second weekend to $11 million.

That means the week’s other new wide release, ”Around the World in 80 Days,” opened outside the top five, placing ninth with an embarrassing $6.8 million from Friday to Sunday and $9.6 million since its opening on Wednesday. Note to Jackie Chan: Family films are probably not your forte.

Around the World in 80 Days (Movie - 2004)

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 125 minutes
  • Frank Coraci