The Nicolas Cage assassin film “Bangkok Dangerous” grabbed the top spot at the box office this weekend, coming in with the sub-par total of just $7.8 million.

Film studios reported a 23 percent drop in overall ticket sales from last year, and the fewest tickets sold on a summer weekend since 2001. The weekend after Labor Day is traditionally one of Hollywood’s slowest, thanks to kids returning to school and the start of the college and pro football seasons, online sources reported.

The Vietnam spoof “Tropic Thunder” slipped to second place from the top spot after three weeks and is nearing the milestone of $100 million, which will officially garner it the title ‘blockbuster.’

“The House Bunny” was third with $5.9 million while “The Dark Knight” took fourth place with $5.7 million. The Batman sequel has grossed a total $512 million in its two months since release, an impressive sum but not enough to eclipse the world’s top-selling film, “Titanic”. The espionage thriller “Traitor” was fifth with $4.7 million.

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Final figures are due later on Monday.

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Box Office Grosses
Week Ending September 7, 2008

Rank Title Weekend Total Gross
1 Bangkok Dangerous (2008) $7.8M $7.8M
2 Tropic Thunder (2008) $7.5M $96.8M
3 The House Bunny (2008) $5.9M $37M
4 The Dark Knight (2008) $5.71M $512M
5 Traitor (2008) $4.66M $17.7M
6 Babylon A.D. (2008) $4M $17.2M
7 Death Race (2008) $3.59M $29.8M
8 Disaster Movie (2008) $3.3M $10.9M
9 Mamma Mia! (2008) $2.71M $136M
10 Pineapple Express (2008) $2.4M $84.2M