'Hancock' haul tops $40 mil before Fourth

Strong opening two-day frame for superhero pic

"Hancock" hits the Fourth of July holiday with $41.3 million in boxoffice loot already in the bank.

The Will Smith starrer grossed an estimated $17.1 million Thursday, following hauls of $17.4 million on its first official day in release in 3,965 locations Wednesday and $6.8 million from 3,680 "preview" playdates on Tuesday night.

Inspired by a graphic-novel series, the action pic seems well on track to cross $100 million domestically through Sunday.

Picturehouse expanded its kids pic "Kit Kittdredge: American Girl" into wide release Wednesday after two weekends of limited runs.

The Abigail Breslin starrer grossed $900,000 on Thursday and now has a $2.5 million cume. Something in the low double-digit millions looks possible through Sunday.
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