The Dark Knight Edges Out the Dragon Emperor

“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” was good, but it wasn’t good enough to knock Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” off its #1 perch. Already in its third week and still gobbling up box office cash like it’s going out of style (it’s already at $394.9 million in just 3 weeks at the U.S. box office alone), “The Dark Knight” just barely edged out the third installment of the “Mummy” franchise to maintain its hold on the first place spot at the domestic box office over the weekend, according to studio estimates. While “Mummy 3″ took in an altogether-not-bad $42.5 million in its opening week, Batman and company still managed to best it with $43.8 million. The weekend’s only other opening film, the Kevin Costner political-satire/comedy “Swing Vote” opened with $6.3 million.

Other notables has the Will Ferrell comedy “Step Brothers” continuing a good second week at the box office with a $16.3 million take, good enough for third place. The comedy has raked in $63 million in two weeks of release so far, almost surpassing its $65 million dollar budget. Meanwhile, the counter programming genius that is “Mamma Mia!” continues to chug along, taking another $13 million, for a 3-week total of $88 million.

Those are the good news. The bad news is that Fox’s “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” plummets all the way to the nine spot in its second weekend, just barely scraping by on another $3.4 million, for a disappointing two-week total of $17 million. Is it now time to put a death notice on David Duchovney’s movie career? Probably. How about on the “X-Files” time? Most definitely.

Here’s how the rest of the box office broke down over the weekend (via):

1 —–The Dark Knight —–$43,800,000 —–$394,887,000
2 —–The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor —–$42,450,000 —–$42,450,000
3 —–Step Brothers —–$16,300,000 —–$62,966,000
4 —–Mamma Mia! —– $13,121,000 —–$87,975,000
5 —–Journey to the Center of the Earth —–$6,875,000—–$73,140,000
6 —–Swing Vote —–$6,300,000 —–$6,300,000
7 —–Hancock —–$5,200,000 —–$215,995,000
8 —–Wall-E —–$4,747,000 —–$204,222,000
9 —–The X-Files: I Want to Believe —–$3,425,000 —–$17,060,000
10 —–Space Chimps —–$2,840,000 —–$22,091,000

Jet Li and Brendan Fraser in The Mummy 3