Tropic Thunder Rumbles Over Dark Knight
The box-office began to settle into its usual end-of-summer blahs last weekend, with Tropic Thunder , the final blockbuster release of the season, leading the pack with just $25.8 million. Warner Bros.' previously unstoppable The Dark Knight couldn't even crack $20 million, winding up with $16.4 million in its fifth week (and also winding up on the No. 2 spot on the all-time list, behind Titanic ). An animated Star Wars variation, Star Wars The Clone Wars debuted with $14.6 million. Another newcomer, the horror flick Mirrors , which was not screened for critics, wound up with $11.2 million. Dropping from second to fifth place was Pineapple Express , which settled for $9.8 million. Overall, the top 12 films grossed $111.7 million, down 2 percent from last year's $114 million.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Tropic Thunder, Paramount, $25,812,796, 1 Wk. ($36,845,588) -- From Wednesday); 2. The Dark Knight , Warner Bros., $16,379,293, 5 Wks. ($471,082,150); 3. Star Wars The Clone Wars, Warner Bros., $14,611,273, (New); 4. Mirrors, Fox, $11,161,074, (New); 5. Pineapple Express, Sony $9,808,295, 2 Wks. ($62,740,789); 6. The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor , Universal, $8,205,720, 3 Wks. ($86,245,775); 7. Mamma Mia!, Universal, $6,096,250, 5 Wks. ($116,013,715); 8. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Warner Bros., $5,785,250, 2 Wks. ($32,002,712); 9. Step Brothers, Sony, $4,807,904, 4 Wks. ($90,695,938); 10. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, MGM, $3,755,575, (New).