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.
Box Office Grosses
|1||The Dark Knight (2008)||$43.8M||$395M|
|2||The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)||$42.5M||$42.5M|
|3||Step Brothers (2008)||$16.3M||$63M|
|4||Mamma Mia! (2008)||$13.1M||$88M|
|5||Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)||$6.88M||$73.1M|
|6||Swing Vote (2008)||$6.3M||$6.3M|
|9||The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008)||$3.42M||$17.1M|
|10||Space Chimps (2008)||$2.84M||$22.1M|