Ticket sales for “The Dark Knight” for the weekend ending August 3 continued to break records at the movie box office, raking in an...

Ticket sales for “The Dark Knight” for the weekend ending August 3 continued to break records at the movie box office, raking in an estimated $43.8 million for its third weekend in release. The second installment of the new Batman franchise, and the sixth Batman movie since the late 1980s, may soon become the second-biggest film of all time, following “Titanic.”

“The Dark Knight,” featuring the posthumous performance of Heath Ledger that is being praised as Oscar-worthy, ruled over the premiere of “Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” which opened at $42.5 million. The second sequel of the Mummy series stars Brendan Fraser and Jet Li and has received only tepid reviews.

Will Ferrell’s sophomoric comedy “Step Brothers” was third with $16.3 million, followed by “Mamma Mia!” with $13.1 million, bringing the musical’s total tally to date at $88 million. “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” Fraser’s second movie in release this summer, rounded out the top five, generating $6.9 million in ticket sales.

Among the other notables, Kevin Costner’s election-year comedy “Swing Vote” pulled in a disappointing $6.3 million in its first weekend of release, and the “The X-Files: I Want to Believe,” has also been a bit of a dud this summer. The latest X-Files film only generated $3.4 million in its second weekend.

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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending August 1, 2008

RankTitleWeekendTotal Gross
1The Dark Knight (2008)$43.8M$395M
2The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)$42.5M$42.5M
3Step Brothers (2008)$16.3M$63M
4Mamma Mia! (2008)$13.1M$88M
5Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)$6.88M$73.1M
6Swing Vote (2008)$6.3M$6.3M
7Hancock (2008)$5.2M$216M
8WALL·E (2008)$4.75M$204M
9The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)$3.42M$17.1M
10Space Chimps (2008)$2.84M$22.1M

Source: IMDB.com

Last Updated on August 4, 2008 by By Laurie A. Trotta