'Pineapple' Ran Out of Smoke for Box Office's Top, Fourth in a Row for 'Dark Knight'
All bets are off. Despite its stunning start on Wednesday, August 6, "Pineapple Express" doesn't really have what it takes to dethrone "The Dark Knight" from its crowning seat at the North American weekend box office. Having pushed "Dark Knight" from its #1 position when it debuted, the stoner flick from Seth Rogen should settle for the second place.
With $23.2 million, "Pineapple" does not only gross less than the superhero flick, but also could not outdo Rogen's other comedy film "Knocked Up" which earned $30.7 million over the three-days weekend in 2007. Still, the David Gordon Green-directed movie has covered up its reported $27 million production budget from its five days of screening collecting in total $41.3 million.
On "Dark Knight" part, the "Batman Begins" sequel still sits comfortably on the top box office chart for the fourth consecutive weekend matching "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King"'s unbroken four-week reign at #1 in 2003-2004. Pulling in another $26.1 million, it has grossed so far $441.6 million and with it claims the third slot for highest grossing movie of all-time.
The new position on the all-time box office performers list puts the Christian Bale and Heath Ledger-starring action film behind the original "Star Wars" and "Titanic". Box Office trackers predicted that it will surpass "Star Wars" which in total garnered $460.9 million in 1977 sometime next week. Yet, it is unlikely to overtake "Titanic" as many predicted that it would end up with the cume of about $520 million.
"The 'Dark Knight' is holding up better than most summer blockbusters," Box Office Mojo LLC 's publisher Brandon Gray commented on the amazing run the Warner Bros. Pictures' movie has. "This is a phenomenal picture any way you slice it. Still, it's unlikely to top 'Titanic's' $600 million gross." On its overseas sales, "Dark Knight" has brought in another $263.1 million making its worldwide total of about $704.6 million.
Apart from "Pineapple" and "Dark Knight", the top five box office also sees "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor", "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" and "Step Brothers" in respective order. The third installment of "The Mummy" slips down a notch to the third spot with a 59.2% decline in sales making it to have $16.5 million on its second weekend. Meanwhile, newcomer "Sisterhood 2" gives out better than expected performance settling on the fourth slot earning $10.7 million. And, rounding up the top five is "Brothers" which added $9.1 million to its three weeks total of $81.1 million.
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