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Dark Knight Rules Over Fourth Consecutive Weekend

By John Hamann

August 10, 2008

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Step Brothers finishes fifth, as the Will Ferrell, John C Reilly flick faces some stiff competition from The Pineapple Express (both of which were produced by Judd Apatow). This comedy earned $8.9 million and was off 46% from the previous frame. It has a total so far of $80.9 million, and it should reach the $100 million mark before leaving theatres.

Sixth spot goes to Mamma Mia!, as it enjoys another solid frame in its fourth weekend of release. The Meryl Streep musical earned $8.1 million this weekend, and was off 36%. Add that to previous drops of 36% and 29%, Universal has a nice little hit on its hands. Mamma Mia! Crossed the $100 million mark on Saturday, its 23rd day of release, and now has a total of $104 million. This is Meryl Streep's third $100 million movie. It follows The Devil Wears Prada ($124 million), Lemony Snicket ($118 million) and Kramer vs. Kramer ($106 million in 1979 dollars).

Seventh goes to the extremely leggy Journey to the Center of the Earth, Brendan Fraser's second film in the top ten. Journey earned $4.9 million this weekend, and was off a tiny 27% compared to the previous frame. Journey has now amassed $81.8 million.




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The bottom rungs of the top ten include Hancock in eighth, as it earned $3.3 million and now has $221.7 million as a domestic total; Swing Vote in ninth with a gross of $3.1 million and a pathetic total of $12 million so far; and WALL-E in ninth with a weekend gross of $3 million and a cumulative total of $210.1 million.

Overall, the box office has cooled off from its blistering pace set throughout July. The top 12 this weekend brought in a not bad, but not great total of $109.5 million. Last year, with Rush Hour 3 on top, the top 12 brought in $139.9 million. In 2006, however, the top 12 earned $109.4 million with Talladega Nights on top for the second consecutive weekend.


Top Weekend Box Office for 8/8/08-8/10/08 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Dark Knight Warner Bros. Pictures $26,030,000 $26,117,030 - 38.8% $441,628,497
2 The Pineapple Express Sony/Columbia $22,400,000 $23,245,025 New $41,318,736
3 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Universal $16,113,170 $16,490,970 - 59.2% $71,048,920
4 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Warner Bros. Pictures $10,770,000 $10,678,430 New $19,620,128
5 Step Brothers Columbia Pictures (Sony) $8,900,000 $9,128,662 - 44.7% $81,132,136
6 Mamma Mia! Universal $8,080,820 $8,208,580 - 34.9% $104,144,505
7 Journey to the Center of the Earth Warner Bros. Pictures $4,855,000 $4,871,478 - 26.9% $81,775,323
8 Hancock Sony/Columbia $3,300,000 $3,317,450 - 34.8% $221,726,791
9 WALL•E Walt Disney Pictures $3,045,000 $3,140,083 - 31.8% $210,206,582
10 Swing Vote Touchstone Pictures $3,106,000 $3,125,290 - 49.8% $12,020,828
11 Space Chimps 20th Century Fox $1,650,000 $1,767,277 - 35.0% $25,564,347
12 The X-Files: I Want to Believe 20th Century Fox N/A $1,290,738 - 61.9% $19,750,553
  Also Opening/Notables
  Bottle Shock Freestyle Releasing $294,864 $277,839 New $346,134
  Beer For My Horses Roadside Attractions $230,000 $209,253 New $209,253
  Beautiful Losers Sidetrack Films N/A $10,607 New $10,607
  Brideshead Revisited Miramax Films $1,059,000 $1,062,247 - 8.7% $3,346,544
Click here for all weekend data
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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