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Top 10 Genre Movies: Dark Knight lights up the box office

Top 10 Genre Movies: Dark Knight lights up the box office

Most people thought the opening of the new Batman movie would be big – but few thought it would be this big. The Dark Knight brought in more than $155 million in ticket sales in its first weekend – the biggest opening of any movie in Hollywood history.

The other sci fi flick to debut is the kiddie animated entry, Space Chimps, which debuted at No. 6, behind WALL-E.

To make room for the two new comers, both Incredible Hulk and Indiana Jones fell out of the genre top 10 for the first time in months.

With Journey to the Center of the Earth still performing well against stiff kiddie competition, expectations are growing for, The Mummy; Tomb of the Dragon Emperor  which opens in two weeks and like Journey, stars Brendan Fraser.

Of all the Top 10 films of the week – all but the second spot (Baby Boomer-targeted musical Mama Mia!) were either science fiction, fantasy, horror or spy fi.

Following are the Top 10 speculative fiction movies in release in North America for the weekend of July 18 -20, 2008.

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

  1. (1) The Dark Knight – $155.3 million | $155.3 million [$180 million]
  2. (3) Hancock – $14 million | $191.5 million [$150 million]
  3. (4) Journey to the Center of the Earth – $11.9 million | $43.1 million [$60 million]
  4. (5) Hellboy II – $10.0 million | $56.4 million [$85 million]
  5. (6) WALL-E – $9.8 million | $182.5 million [$180 million]
  6. (7) Space Chimps – $7.4 million | $7.4 million [unknown budget]
  7. (8) Wanted – $5.1 million | $123.3 million [$75 million]
  8. (9) Get Smart – $4.1 million | $199.6 million [$80 million]
  9. (10) Kung Fu Panda – $1.8 million | $206.5 million [$130 million]
  10. (11) Meet Dave – $1.6 million | $9.4 million [$60 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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