The Dark Knight finally falls from box office top spot
“The Dark Knight” finally loosened its iron fist on the domestic box office this weekend. After crushing all opening weekend, the subsequently beating “Step Brothers,” “The Mummy 3” and “Pineapple Express” in their respective opening weekends, the latest and hands-down greatest bat-flick has finally slowed its ridiculous money grabbing — well, slowed it to the tune of a $16.8 million haul, a good total box office draw for some smaller flicks.
But alas, “Tropic Thunder,” the second R-rated, action-based comedy to draw well at the box office in as many weeks, picked up another $26 million this weekend after opening on Wednesday to finally strip “The Dark Knight” of that No. 1 spot. “Thunder” has taken in $37 million in its five days so far. It’s a great draw for not only an R-rated comedy (which generally don’t do well in theaters), but one that faced boycotts and protests from pretty much every special needs awareness groups in America. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I haven’t heard anything but good things. To be honest, I’m really glad “The Dark Knight” fell to a — from the sound of things — good movie as opposed to “Mummy 3” or “Step Brothers” or, God forbid, “The Rocker” next weekend.
Christoper Nolan’s epic crime drama with spandex didn’t go away empty handed, though. It toppled the original “Star Wars” to take the No. 2 spot on best domestic box office draw ever. Pretty good deal when it’s only been out a month.
Entry filed under: Batman, Box Office, comic book movies, The Dark Knight. Tags: Ben Stiller, Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan, Heath Ledger, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., The Joker, Tropic Thunder.