Weekend Box Office
1) The Dark Knight $43.8 million
2) The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor $42.4 million
3) Step Brothers $16.3 million
4) Mamma Mia! $13.1 million
5) Journey to the Center of the Earth $6.8 million
6) Swing Vote $6.3 million
7) Hancock $5.2 million
8) Wall-E $4.7 million
9) The X-Files: I Want To Believe $3.4 million
10) Space Chimps $2.8 million
For the third straight weekend in a row, the Batman is the winner! That's right, Chris Nolan's Batman Begins sequel raked in another $43.8 million making The Dark Knight the number one film of the week. So far, this highly praised comic book adaptation has earned an amazing $394 million. And it shows no signs of slowing down. Though, it might not make it into a fourth week number one spot if this week's chart is any indication. The Brendan Fraser sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor came in biting at Batman's heels. The Rob Cohen directed action adventure stomped into second place with a very close $42.4 million. Not a bad race to have run. And let's not forget that Fraser also has Journey to the Center of the Earth out there in fifth place with $6.8 million. Those two films combined, it would seem that Brendan, for now anyway, has a much bigger presence amongst filmgoers than Bruce Wayne.
This week's only other major release was Kevin Costner's Swing Vote. The film opened to decent reviews in the number six spot with $6.3 million. While not a very good take for Costner, it seems that The X-Files: I Want to Believe is this true loser of August. In only its second week of release, the poor little sci-fi flick could only muster up $3.4 million in ninth place. 20th Century Fox now has two of the biggest bombs of the summer on its hands with this and Eddie Murphy's Meet Dave.
A few films managed to muster up decent enough box office at the art house this weekend. Frozen River pulled in a pretty cool $73,300 on seven screens. The Clive Barker horror film Midnight Meat Train, which was dumped into discount theaters across the country, took in $32,000 on one hundred and two screens. In Search of a Midnight Kiss earned $14,600 on just two screens, and Sixty Six nabbed $11,400 on the same amount.
Next week will see the release of Pineapple Express and the long awaited sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Will The Dark Knight be able to stand his ground? Don't know, weed and magic jeans are pretty worthy adversaries.