BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘The Dark Knight’ Remains Atop the Box Office for a Fourth Consecutive Week

‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ fare well in their debut weekend.

Weekend Box Office:

1) The Dark Knight $26.03 million

2) Pineapple Express $22.4 million

3) The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor $16.1 million

4) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 $10.7 million

5) Step Brothers $8.9 million

6) Mamma Mia! $8.08 million

7) Journey to the Center of the Earth $4.8 million

8) Hancock $3.3 million

9) Swing Vote $3.1 million

10) WALL-E $3.04 million

It was another triumphant weekend for the Caped Crusader, but no records fell this week. The Dark Knight dropped just 39 percent from last weekend to take in an estimated $26.03 million in its fourth weekend in release. The Christopher Nolan film now has an overall gross of $441.5 million, which, if the estimate hold true when the Monday numbers are released, will surpass Shrek 2 ($441.2 million) for third place on the all-time domestic box office chart. Only Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope ($460.9 million) and Titanic ($600.7 million) have all-time higher domestic grosses.

Two new films drummed up some solid biz at the box office as well. The Team Apatow comedy Pineapple Express took the second spot at the box office this weekend, with an estimated $22.4 million. The David Gordon Green-directed film scored a healthy $7,291 per-screen average from jst 3,027 theaters. The film has grossed $40.7 million since it's Wednesday release, already profiting from a $27 million budget. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 took fourth place with $10.7 million from a smaller rollout of 2,707 theaters. The sequel grossed $19.7 million since it's Wednesday bow. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor dropped a whopping 60.2 percent from its debut weekend to finish in third place with $16.1 million, with its 10-day total at $70.6 million. The film was budgeted at $145 million.

Not much noise was made at the art-house this weekend. Elegy took in an estimated $102,000 from just six theaters this weekend, good for a substantial $17,000 per-screen average and Bottle Shock took in an estimated $295,000 from 48 theaters for a decent $6,145 per-screen average. Things weren't so good for Beer For My Horses with $226,000 from 91 theaters and a $2,483 per-screen average and the Quentin Tarantino-presented film Hell Ride faltered with just $83,500 from 82 theaters and a dismal $1,018 per-screen average.

This week sees the wide releases Tropic Thunder on Wednesday and the new Alexandre Aja horror film Mirrors as well as the new animated Star Wars tale, Star Wars: The Clone Wars hitting theaters. Will either of these be able to take down The Dark Knight? We shall see in seven days.

The Dark Knight was released July 18th, 2008 and stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Monique Gabriela Curnen. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Sources: Box Office Mojo

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  1. jimbo4242

    Just relax , were all friends here.

    7 years agoby @jimbo4242Flag

  2. jimbo4242

    omg mcesenas what are you talking about? What is there to disagree about is my question lol. If you cannot understand what I have posted then don't post statements that have nothing to do with what I posted. For the last time read it carefully. It's not to be agreed or disagreed on, it's just some facts that have been posted, my god.

    7 years agoby @jimbo4242Flag

  3. mcesenas

    u dont mean it to be disrespectful yet ur pretty much insulting everyone that disagrees with u...that waz probably one of the dumbest comments that ive seen anyone write

    7 years agoby @mcesenasFlag

  4. jimbo4242

    All I'm doing is stating a fact. I know all the educated people on here understand what I am talking about. It's not meant to be anything then what it is. Just view it and the link to understand it. I'm not saying that the "official box office records" are not correct. They are correct of course anyway as I said I guess the only people that truly understand what I posted on here are people with educations and I do not mean this to be at all disrespectful.

    7 years agoby @jimbo4242Flag

  5. mcesenas

    omg i cant believe that jimbo4242 is talking about the inflation record. first of all u dont know if thats how much money those movie would have made back then if the price was the same for tickets as they r rite now so thats y u or no one else should count the inflation record cuz its sh*t.

    7 years agoby @mcesenasFlag

  6. jimbo4242

    Here's one of many sites that explain what I'm trying to tell you all but I'm sure most of you already know what I was getting at .

    7 years agoby @jimbo4242Flag

  7. jimbo4242

    dude do your homework, you know google is a wonderful tool bud, use it. What I have posted is the actual listing with ticket price inflation factored in. Either your 10 years old and have no idea what my first post meant or you actually never went to school and really have no idea what I posted. I love the dark knight also but please before you post make sure you read posts thoroughly and research . What I posted is all over the net if you just google all time box office records in america Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation.

    7 years agoby @jimbo4242Flag

  8. JR

    tdk is already in 3rd place jimbo, and gone with the wind you got your movie sh*t f*cked up . tdk will take 2nd place. and titanic is the highest grossing film or so they say but you seem to have put old films well you forgot texas chainsaw original it is realy the biggest at the box office but it lost most of its money due to the mob being involved with one of the companys.

    7 years agoby @supbitchFlag

  9. jimbo4242

    you cant base any of todays movie box office records with movies from the past unless you adjust all movies according to todays ticket prices/inflation, this is what this site should be doing. The Dark Knight has a very long way to go to actually beat the top 3 or 4 movies when thiese factors are taken account.Below is the actual top 10 box office records with inflation factored in. This is the true list.Inflation must be factored in to get the true accurate listings

    Top 10 Best Grossing Films of All Time in the United States of America - Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation

    #1 - "Gone With the Wind" - $1,240,554,000 adjusted
    #2 - "Star Wars: A New Hope" - $1,093,654,300 adjusted
    #3 - "The Sound of Music" - $874,430,400 adjusted
    #4 - "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" - $870,985,600 adjusted
    #5 - "The Ten Commandments" - $804,340,000 adjusted
    #6 - "Titanic" - $788,043,700 adjusted
    #7 - "Jaws" - $786,403,900 adjusted
    #8 - "Doctor Zhivago" - $762,191,700 adjusted
    #9 - "The Exorcist" - $678,891,600 adjusted
    #10 - "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" - $669,260,000 adjusted

    7 years agoby @jimbo4242Flag

  10. XJWS79

    worldwide numbers in case anyone interested in knowing
    1.Titanic (1997) $1,835,300,000
    2.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $1,129,219,252
    29. The Dark Knight (2008) $711,986,084

    7 years agoby @xjws79Flag

  11. the Narrator

    The only movie world wide that had hopes of beating Titanic so far, was Lotr: return of the king.

    7 years agoby @narratorFlag

  12. The Anarchist

    Goddamned, why won't anyone do some bloody research... Those are the numbers of the USA Box Office. On a worldwide scale, TDK doesn't even compare to Titanic. With a lot of luck, you can surpass Titanic in All-Time US Box Office (Even though it still needs like 25% of its current earnings to do it). On worldwide scale, it has to almost triple the current earnings.
    In other words: In America = possible, Worldwide = Impossible.

    7 years agoby @dr-manhattanFlag

  13. CelluloidDreams

    ....Go "Dark Knight"...GOoooo!

    I hate to admit this, but I actually saw "The Dark Knight" again this weekend! 3xs for me!

    Can you believe it, there are people that I have met that haven't even seen "The Dark Knight"! Strange!!

    7 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. CelluloidDreams

    "Pineapple Express" was funny! Finally something different for the Summer of 2008! I would give "Pineapple Express" a B+!

    I finally saw "Hanc*ck", & I hate to say this but it wasn't "THAT" bad! Not the usual superhero film!
    "Hanc*ck" I would give a B+! "Hanc*ck" was a surprise to me.

    7 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  15. revolution909

    i hope it stays at the top til like early september. nothing else is out and it was an AMAZING movie!!! im pretty sure it can become #1 of all time!!

    7 years agoby @comida910Flag

  16. the Narrator

    Not to sue bout the highest, but surely second!!!

    7 years agoby @narratorFlag

  17. batman's protege

    swome crtics didnt think the tdk wasnt going to make that much money because the film was so dark. i bet they feel stupid now cause tdk is about to be the highest grossing film ever!!!!!!!!!!!11

    7 years agoby @movielover1994Flag

  18. Diaigma

    The boat might sink. It can be done, and this is why I think so.

    DK has $159.3 million to go for the #1 spot. The average matinee ticket is $6. If 27 million more people buy one matinee ticket, the job will be done. I'm even considering buying a ticket just as a donation. I'll try to see it of course, but if I can't, I won't miss the 6 bucks much. Whose with me on sinking the boat?


    7 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  19. Diaigma

    Wow, I wasn't sure if the Bat would stay on top this weekend. I was wrong! :)

    7 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  20. Shadow Of The Day


    7 years agoby @asifFlag

  21. The Dark Knight

    dude that looks like a blow up doll lol

    7 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  22. spideykea

    I think The Dark Knight will(sadly)drop to no.2, either from Tropic Thunder or Star Wars:The Clone Wars.Still not sure if it will drop to 3.

    7 years agoby @spideykeaFlag

  23. Moviemaster75

    check out my reviews and my channel DARK KNIGHT PROBABLY BEST MOVIE OF 2008? COMMENT AT MY CHANNEL

    7 years agoby @moviemaster75Flag

  24. Psycho

    Go TDK and sink Titanic.

    7 years agoby @physco-123Flag

  25. Lone Wolf

    It... is... a... GOD!!!

    7 years agoby @54729Flag

  26. wabach

    i truly hope that happens moviebuff, i want TDK to become the iceberg that sinks the titanic

    7 years agoby @wabachFlag

  27. Renegades

    i think tropic thunder no.1
    the dark knight no. 2
    star wars no.3

    7 years agoby @renegadesFlag

  28. MovieBuff

    As far as overtaking Titanic... its NOT gonna happen.... UNLESS... Warner Brothers re-releases the movie Dark Knight in November or December right before Awards time to place the movie fresh back in our memories.

    7 years agoby @moviebuff123Flag

  29. The Kwisatz Haderach

    Sweet stuff, keep it up Dark Knight, dethrone Titanic please for the love of god!

    7 years agoby @the-kwisatz-haderachFlag

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