Box Office Still Dark and Knighty

Four weeks later, and no one has managed to knock “The Dark Knight” off its #1 perch. The Christopher Nolan comic book movie retained the top spot for the fourth consecutive week with an estimated $26 million dollar take, for a 4-week total of $442 million domestically. Of course, the fact that “The Dark Knight” is still showing on over 4,000 screens (still more than every other movie) after four weeks of release definitely helped that total. Batman and company made just enough to fend off the stoner comedy “Pineapple Express”, which came into the 3-day weekend with $18 million already in the bank from its Wednesday opening, for a total of $40.4 million in its first week. The week’s other opening film, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”, came in at fourth place with $10.7 million over the 3-day weekend, and a total of $19.7 million for its first week.

“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”, which last week just barely missed out on taking the top spot away from “The Dark Knight”, fell to #3 in its second week with a $16 million take, for a two-week total of $70.6 million. The movie is still far off from making back its reported $145 million dollar budget, so a fourth installment in the franchise (at least in the foreseeable future) looks highly unlikely. But hey, stranger things have happened.

Here’s how the rest of the Top 10 broke down over the weekend (via):

1 —–The Dark Knight —–$26,030,000 —–$441,541,000
2 —–Pineapple Express —–$22,400,000 —–$40,474,000
3 —–The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor —–$16,113,000—–$70,671,000
4 —–The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 —–$10,770,000—–$19,712,000
5 —–Step Brothers —–$8,900,000 ——$80,903,000
6 —–Mamma Mia! —–$8,081,000 —–$104,017,000
7 —–Journey to the Center of the Earth —–$4,855,000—–$81,759,000
8 —–Hancock —–$3,300,000 —–$221,709,000
9 —–Swing Vote —–$3,106,000 —–$12,002,000
10 —–Wall-E —–$3,045,000 —–$210,112,000

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