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Top 10 Genre Movies: Dark Knight 3-peats atop box office

The modern – and moody – spy fi re-telling comic book adaptation of Batman, The Dark Knight fought  off hordes of mummies to continued its reign as the box office weekend royalty this past weekend.

Dark Knight  brought in just under $44 million in ticket sales in its third weekend – besting horror comedy newcomer, The Mummy:Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, starring Brendan Fraser. Mummy brought in $42.5 million in its first weekend and debuted in the No. 2 spot.

Last week’s debut genre title, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, landed at No. 6 on the Genre Top 10 list (No. 9 overall.) with $3.4 million in ticket sales.

To make room for Mummy animated fantasy comedy Kung Fu Panda dropped out of the genre Top 10 after being a mainstay for the past 8 weeks. So far in its run, Panda brought in more than $210 million in North American sales alone on a $130 million budget; almost ensuring that a sequel will be made.

No genre films are set to debut next week, so this list is expected to largely be unchanged for the second weekend of August.

Following are the Top 10 speculative fiction movies in release in North America for the weekend of August 1 -3, 2008.

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

  1. (1) The Dark Knight – $43.8 million | $394.9 million [$185 million]
  2. (2) The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – $42.5 million | $2.5 million ($145 million)
  3. (5) Journey to the Center of the Earth – $6.9 million } $73.1 million ($60 million)
  4. (7) Hancock – $5.2 million | $216 million ($150 million)
  5. (8) WALL-E – $4.7 million | $204 million ($180 million)
  6. (9) The X-Files: I Want to Believe – $3.4 million | $17 million ($30 million)
  7. (10) Space Chimps – $2.8 million | $22 million ($37 million)
  8. (11) Hellboy II: The Golden Army – $2.5 million | $71.3 million ($85 million)
  9. (12) Wanted – $1.3 million | $131 million ($75 million)
  10. (14) Get Smart – $1.2 million | $127 million ($80 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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