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Top 10 Genre Movies: Dark Knight leads diminishing pack

In its ninth week in release, Batman flick. The Dark Knight continued its reign at the box office this past weekend ad was top film over a dwindling group of genre films at the box office.

No new science fiction, fantasy, horror or spy-fi films have opened over the past two weekends as mainstream comedies dominated at North American movie theatres.

To date, Dark Knight  has brought in more than $517 million in ticket sales in in the U.S. and Canada, with a total of its second weekend – more than $966 million worldwide. According to Warner Brothers – expect the film to be pulled from theatres in the next week wees, only to be re-released in January 2009 during the Oscar season. The studio is hoping for both Academy Awards and to break the billion-dollar mark in ticket sales.

Genre films set to debut next week: Ghost Town starring Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni and the animated family fantasy, Igor starring the voices of John Cusack, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Coolidge, Jay Leno, Molly Shannon and Christian Slater.

Following are the Top 10 speculative fiction movies in release in North America for the weekend of September 12-14, 2008.

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

  1. (7) The Dark Knight – $4.0 million | $517.7 million [$185 million]
  2. (10) Death Race – $2.0 million | $33.2 million [$45 million]
  3. (11) Babylon A.D. – $1.8 million | $20.3 million [$70 million]
  4. (14) Fly Me to the Moon – $1.3 million | $9.9 million [$25 million]
  5. (16) Journey to the Center of the Earth – $1.1 million | $98.0 million [$60 million]
  6. (18) Mirrors – $0.90 million | $29.1 million [budget unknown]
  7. (19) Star Wars: The Clone Wars – $0.82 million | $33.9 million [$budget unknown]
  8. (20) The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon King – $0.60 million | $101.5 million [$145 million]
  9. (22) WALL-E – $0.5 million | $220.1 million [$180 million]
  10. (33) Hellboy II: The Golden Army – $0.10 million | $75.8 million [$85 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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