Weekend Box Office
1) The Dark Knight $155 million
2) Mamma Mia! $27.6 million
3) Hancock $14 million
4) Journey to the Center of the Earth $11.9 million
5) Hellboy II: The Golden Army $10 million
6) WALL-E $9.8 million
7) Space Chimps $7.3 million
8) Wanted $5 million
9) Get Smart $4 million
10) Kung Fu Panda $1.7 million
Holy Cash Cow, Batman! Christmas came early for Warner Brothers this year, and it looks like it won't matter if they have another hit until at least 2012. Chris Nolan's sequel to Batman Begins has smashed every record in sight, hitting with a $155 million debut and taking that top spot on the weekend charts for what could be weeks to come. After just three days in release, The Dark Knight is already shaping up to be the biggest movie event of the year.
Opening in second place was the musical Mamma Mia!, which nabbed a nice little take of $27.6 million. That's no where near the behemoth earnings of The Dark Knight, but it is the biggest opening in history for a musical, besting last year's Hairspray by a little more than a million dollars.
This week's other new wide release was the CGI animated adventure Space Chimps. It floundered into seventh place with a weak take of $7.3 million. That measly sum wasn't even enough to beat WALL-E, which took the sixth place spot with $9.8 million after four weeks in release.
As for smaller films this week, Transsiberian took in $35,200 on just two screens, which adds up to a $17,600 per screen average. That puts it in second place behind The Dark Knight in per screen averages, "with Batman hauling away $35,579 for every single screen it played on. Lou Reed's Berlin didn't fair quite as well. It only managed to earn $7,650 on its two screens.
Next week will most likely see The Dark Knight back into that top position for a second week in a row. Opening against it will be The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the comedy Step Brothers, the documentary American Teen, and the Oscar worthy drama Brideshead Revisited.