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Hellboy II: The Golden Army topped the box office in its opening day of release on Friday, pulling in an estimated $13.8 million.

The film, which opened in 3,204 theaters, is slightly ahead of projections ($35-36 million) for the weekend.

The first Hellboy, which opened on April 2, 2004, took $23.1 million in its first weekend. Its domestic total was $59.6 million, which should easily be surpassed by the sequel.

Hancock, in its second weekend of release, placed second on Friday with $10.2 million, pushing its total to $142.2 million.

Wanted placed fifth with $3.6 million, pushing its total to $104.1 million. The Incredible Hulk was 10th with $0.6 million, pushing its total to $128.2 million. Iron Man was 14th with $0.3 million, pushing its total to $312.7 million.

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Appearing on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday, The Dark Knight's Michael Caine said that Heath Ledger delivers an award-winning performance as The Joker.

"The great revelation of it when you see it will be Heath Ledger as The Joker. He is extraordinary," said Caine, who returns as Alfred. "I think, at minimum, there will be a posthumous nomination for the Academy Award -- minimum."

Caine said he cried when he heard of Ledger's death.

"He's such a talented man and you'll see when you see this performance," he said. "It's extraordinary."

Caine also praised the work of director Christopher Nolan.

"Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, director I've ever worked with," Caine said.

In other Dark Knight news:

* TV Guide Channel will debut a one-hour special, Close Up: Heath Ledger, on Saturday at 8 p.m.

* Look for more on The Dark Knight on Sunday here in The Continuum.

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Titles include Amazing Spider-Man Family #1 from Marvel Comics and Chopper Zombie from Devil's Due Publishing.

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For previously posted October solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Aspen Comics.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

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* Image Comics has announced that Ian Churchill is providing the cover for Jack Staff #21.

"It's a bit worrying when you let someone else play with your toys," said series creator Paul Grist. "But Ian nailed it . Certainly get's my vote for best Jack Staff cover of 2008!"

Jack Staff #21 will be in stores on Oct. 8. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

* Actors Allison Mack, Justin Hartley, and Sam Witwer and showrunners Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson will be guest for the Smallville panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Sunday, July 27.

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In case you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Monday, July 7: Hellboy II: The Golden Army's Doug Jones, The Dark Knight, The Middleman, Moonstone Books for October, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks and Longshot.

* Sunday, July 6: Wanted and The Dark Knight's Morgan Freeman.

* Saturday, July 5: Top Cow Productions First Looks and The Dark Knight. 24/CTU products on - Shop now!

* Friday, July 4: The Dark Knight's Christian Bale and Marvel Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, July 3: Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov, The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan and First Looks.

* Wednesday, July 2: The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, The Middleman, Archie Comics First Looks and Fear Itself.

* Tuesday, July 1: The Middleman's Natalie Morales, The Dark Knight and First Looks.

* Monday, June 30: Punisher: War Zone, The Dark Knight, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and The Middleman.

* Sunday, June 29: Wanted, Vampire Hunter D and The Corps!.

* Saturday, June 28: Michael Turner dies, Wanted box office.

* Friday, June 27: From Wizard World Chicago: Ultimate Universe panel, Mondo Marvel panel, DC Nation panel and Vertigo panel; plus -- The Dark Knight and Marvel First Looks.

* Thursday, June 26: Wanted's James McAvoy and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, June 25: Boom! Studios for September, Dynamite Entertainment for September, Marvel Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks and Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.

* Tuesday, June 24: The Middleman, Aspen Comics for September, Wanted and First Looks.

* Monday, June 23: Wanted's Common, Uncanny X-Men, Image Comics First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Radical Publishing for September and Big City Comics for September.

* Sunday, June 22: Oni Press for September, Viper Comics for September, The Incredible Hulk and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

* Saturday, June 21: Smallville's Allison Mack, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Virgin Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Dabel Brothers Productions for September and Fear Itself.

* Friday, June 20: Marvel Comics First Looks, Smallville's new villains and Red 5 Comics for September.

* Thursday, June 19: Bongo Comics for September, Aspen Comics First Looks, The Middleman, Batman Gotham Knight, Spike, Devil's Due's Serpo and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, June 18: Image Comics for September, Top Cow Productions for September, IDW Publishing for September, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks and Teen Choice nominations.

* Tuesday, June 17: Marvel Comics for September, Marvel Comics roundup, Jorge Lucas on The Darkness and DC Comics roundup.

* Monday, June 16: DC Comics for September, Archie Comics for September and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Sunday, June 15: Bluewater Productions for October and The Incredible Hulk box office.

* Saturday, June 14: The Incredible Hulk, Batman Gotham Knight, Image Comics First Looks and Marvel Comics First Looks.

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