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Box Office - 7/25/08 To 7/27/08

As expected, The Dark Knight stumped the competition at the box office for a second weekend in a row, with a $75.6 million take, shooting past the $300 million mark, to $314.2 million, which is said to be a 10 day record!

With numbers like those, Warner Bros. (the studio responsible for the film) already has its sights set on the next record target - $400 million, which took Shrek 2 forty-three days to reach in 2004 - predicting that The Dark Knight would take less than half that time, 18 days, to reach that number!Holy cow Batman!

At number 2 was the Columbia Pictures comedy Step Brothers, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as perpetual adolescents, which opened at a surprisingly strong $30 million! I certainly didn't expect it to do so well. I guess, unlike me, there are still a lot of people out there who haven't grown weary of Will Ferrell's man/boy schtick.

In 3rd place the ABBA-inspired musical romance Mamma Mia! slipped one place to No. 3 with $17.8 million while its 10-day total rose to $62.7 million.

And at a disappointing 4th place - 20th Century Fox's The X-Files: I Want to Believe, with a paltry $10.2 million, a figure that is much lower than studio expectations. I could have saved Fox a lot of money and energy by telling them how late, and unnecessary an idea this was. Not that they would have listened to little old me anyway...

And rounding out the top 5 - Warner Bros' Journey To The Center Of The Earth, which finished the weekend with $9.2 million, for a cummulative total $60M.

The rest of the story:

6 - Hancock, $8 million7 - Wall-E, $6.1 million
8 - Hellboy II: The Golden Army, $4.8M
9 - Space Chimps, $4.2M
10 - Wanted, $2.6M

Opening wide next weekend: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Might this be The Dark Knight's killer?)



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