The Ben Stiller Vietnam War satire “Tropic Thunder” held onto the lead at the box office this weekend, with $16.1 million in ticket sales...

The Ben Stiller Vietnam War satire “Tropic Thunder” held onto the lead at the box office this weekend, with $16.1 million in ticket sales in its second weekend out. The film has received favorable reviews, and has the distinction of being the film that pushed “The Dark Knight” from its month-long reign at the top of the box office.

“The Dark Knight” remained in the top five even after six weeks in theaters; doing $10.3 million and fast approaching a total gross of $500 million, which should be bagged by next weekend. “The Dark Knight” is now officially the second highest grossing film in domestic history, passing the iconic “Star Wars” for the second spot.

Hopping to second place this weekend was the comedy “The House Bunny”, about a bubbly Playboy Bunny who is forced to join a college sorority when she is evicted from the mansion. The Anna Faris comedy brought in a stable $15.1 million in its premiere weekend.

The futuristic racing film “Death Race” was third with $12.3 million; the film features Jason Statham as a con who is forced to participate in a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory. The new animated “Star Wars” flick “The Clone Wars” was fifth with $5.66 million, bringing its total to $25 million.

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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending August 25, 2008

Rank Title Weekend Total Gross
1 Tropic Thunder (2008) $16.1M $65.7M
2 The House Bunny (2008) $15.1M $15.1M
3 Death Race (2008) $12.3M $12.3M
4 The Dark Knight (2008) $10.3M $489M
5 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) $5.66M $25M
6 Pineapple Express (2008) $5.6M $73.9M
7 Mirrors (2008) $4.88M $20.1M
8 The Longshots (2008) $4.3M $4.3M
9 Mamma Mia! (2008) $4.3M $124M
10 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) $4.07M $93.8M