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Top 10 Genre Movies: Death Race finishes first

Fans of action, dark science fiction and racing lined up this past weekend to ensure Death Race crosses the finish line in first place for genre movies.

With a total take of just over $12.6 million in 2,532 theatres, the film was No. 3 overall, bested by comedies, Tropic Thunder and The House Bunny

Race also  knocked mega-blockbuster Dark Knight to second place among genre films.

The only other sci fi flick to debut this weekend was Cthulhu, a gay-themed independent horror film from Regent Releasing starring Tori Spelling. In limited release, the film brought in $1,438 in one theatre. (That may seem rather dismal, but compare it to the No. 5 film of the week, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which made $1,640 per theatre.

Debuting next week in genre is the Vin Diesel science fiction thriller, Babylon A.D. which will be in wide release in 3,200 theatres in North America.

Following are the Top 10 speculative fiction movies in release in North America for the weekend of August 22-24, 2008.

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

  1. (3) Death Race – $12.6 million | $12.6 million [$45 million]
  2. (4) The Dark Knight – $10.5 million | $489.4 million [$185 million]
  3. (5) Star Wars: The Clone Wars – $5.7 million | $25.0 million [budget unreported]
  4. (7) Mirrors – $5.0 million | $20.2 million [budget unreported]
  5. (9) The Mummy: Dragon Emperor -$4.2 million | $93.9 million [$145 million]
  6. (15) Journey to the Center of the Earth – $2.2 million | $91.9 million [$60 million]
  7. (16) Fly Me to the Moon – $1.4 million | $4.2 million [$25 million]
  8. (17) WALL-E – $0.97 million | $216.3 million [$180 million]
  9. (19) Hancock – $0.64 million | $226.4 million [$150 million]
  10. (20) Kung Fu Panda – $0.58 million | $212.7 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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