Top 10 Genre Movies: Babylon A.D. towers over genre competition
Despite poor reviews, dystopian newcomer Babylon A.D. topped the genre Labor Day holiday weekend box office with just under $10 million in ticket sales. It was second overall, behind only the comedy blockbuster Tropic Thunder.
Lat week’s No. 1 – Death Race – fell to the No. 3 spot among genre films (No. 6 overall) with about $6.3 million in ticket sales.
The No. 2 genre spot was held by Batman flick, The Dark Knight, which passed the half-billion mark in North American sales this past weekend. Racking up $8.6 million in ticket sales for a grand total of $502.3 million in domestic sales, added to the $417 million foreign takem the film reached a total gross of $921.7 million worldwide.
Needless to say, there will be more Batman films in future years.
No genre films are set to debut over the next two weeks.
Following are the Top 10 speculative fiction movies in release in North America for the 2008 Labor Day weekend.
RANK #. (Overall Rank) Title – Weekend Gross | Total Gross [Budget]
- (2) Babylon A.D. – $9.6 million | $9.6 million [$70 million]
- (3) The Dark Knight – $8.6 million | $502.3 million [$185 million]
- (6) Death Race – $6.3 million | $23.1 million [$45 million]
- (11) Mirrors – $2.74 million | $24.8 million [unreported budget]
- (12) Star Wars: The Clone Wars – $2.70 million | $29.6 million [unreported budget]
- (13) The Mummy: Dragon Emperor – $2.6 million | $97.9 million [$145 million]
- (15) Journey to the Center of the Earth – $1.8 million | $94.6 million [$60 million]
- (18) Fly Me to the Moon – $1.5 million | $6.3 million [$25 million]
- (21) Wall-E – $1.1 million } $217.9 million [$180 million]
- (29) Hellboy 2 – $0.2 million | $75.4 million [$85 million]
Source: Box Office Mojo – list only includes science fiction, spy fi, fantasy and dark fantasy/horror titles.
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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