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Top 10 Genre Movies: Dark Knight dominates box office – again

Top 10 Genre Movies: Dark Knight dominates box office – again

The latest Batman flick. The Dark Knight continued its reign at the box office this past weekend. It brought in more than $75.6 million in ticket sales in its second weekend – more than the next five top-grossing films combined.

The only sci fi flick to debut this weekend was The X-Files: I Want to Believe, which debuted at No. 2 on the genre movie list and No. 4 overall with just over $10 million.

To make room for X-Files, Eddie Murphy flick Meet Dave dropped out of the genre Top 10 after making slightly more than $10 million in North American sales. With a $60 million budget – a movie this unprofitable almost ensures a sequel for this will never see the light of day.

Genre films set to debut next week: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is set for wide release and Clive Barker’s Books of Blood short horror story Midnight Meat Train debuts on the big screen in big cities only.

Following are the Top 10 speculative fiction movies in release in North America for the weekend of July 25 -27, 2008.

RANK #. (Overall Rank) Title – Weekend Gross | Total Gross [Budget]

  1. (1) The Dark Knight – $75.6 million | $314.2 million [$185 million]
  2. (4) The X-Files: I Want to Believe – $10.2 million | 10.2 million [$30 million]
  3. (5) Journey to the Center of the Earth – $9.4 million | $60 million [$60 million]
  4. (6) Hancock – $8.2 million | $206.3 million [$150 million]
  5. (7) WALL-E – $6.3 million | $195.2 million [$180 million]
  6. (8) Hellboy 2 – $4.9 million | $65 million [$85 million]
  7. (9) Space Chimps – $4.3 million | $16 million [$40 million]
  8. (10) Wanted – $2.7 million | $128.6 million [$75 million]
  9. (11) Get Smart – $2.3 million | $124.2 million [$80 million]
  10. (12) Kung Fu Panda – $1.0 million | $209.0 million [$130 million]

Source: Box Office Mojo – list only includes science fiction, spy fi, fantasy and dark fantasy/horror titles.

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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