Thursday, August 7, 2008

Movie Box Office Recap - Only Three Days Late!

While there is definitely chatter about a curse surrounding the stars of The Dark Knight, with the shocking overdose death of Heath Ledger earlier this year, the very public family squabbles for Christian Bale and the car crash/divorce shocker for Morgan Freeman this week, the Caped Crusader made his reign at the top of the box office span to a third week this past weekend. This allowed the movie to break another record with scoring over $400 Million at the box office in three weeks of less. The Dark Knight’s hold on movie goers seems to be unending and while it has around $200 million more bucks to pull into to beat the all time box office record of Titanic, if it continues to draw in even half of its past weekend numbers in the next few weeks it wouldn’t be unbelievable if it came away as the number one of all time. It has already removed Shrek 2’s record and is quickly creeping up on Star Wars’. Interestingly the third installment of The Mummy franchise, which was released seven years after the second movie, came in second place this past weekend. Step Brothers was able to keep up and came in at third place, while Mamma Mia pulled in decent totals in fourth and the other Brendan Fraser movie in the top five (yes I am surprised I could say that well) Journey to the Center of the Earth remained in fifth place. With yesterday’s release of the highly anticipated stoner/mystery Apatow produced Seth Rogen starring Pineapple Express, let’s see if Dark Knight can hold onto its top spot.

Here is the rest of the Box Office Top ten, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
1. The Dark Knight - $43 million
2. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - $40 million
3. Step Brothers - $16.5 million
4. Mamma Mia! - $12.6 million
5. Journey to the Center of the Earth - $6.7 million
6. Swing Vote - $6.2 million
7. Hancock - $5 million
8. Wall-E - $4.6 million
9. The X-Files: I Want to Believe - $3.4 million
10. Space Chimps - $2.8 million