After four weeks on top, the newest installment of the Batman saga, The Dark Knight, has been knocked from its number one spot a top the box office by Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder.
From the Associated Press:
It took four of Hollywood’s biggest stars to take down Batman. The DreamWorks-Paramount comedy “Tropic Thunder” with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black and Tom Cruise debuted at No. 1 with $26 million, bumping “The Dark Knight” to second place after four weekends on top, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The Warner Bros. Batman flick pulled in $16.8 million to raise its total to $471.5 million. “The Dark Knight” passed the original “Star Wars” ($461 million) and now stands as No. 2 on the all-time domestic charts, behind only “Titanic” ($600.8 million).
Taking inflation into account, “The Dark Knight” trails both movies in actual tickets sold, however. “The Dark Knight” would need to gross about $900 million to match the number of admissions for “Titanic” and about $1.2 billion to equal “Star Wars.”
“The Dark Knight” managed to fend off another “Star Wars” movie this weekend. The animated tale “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” also released by Warner Bros., opened at No. 3 with $15.5 million.
Families made up two-thirds of the audience for “Clone Wars,” Fellman said. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, who has an executive producer credit on “Clone Wars,” intended the movie as an introduction to his “Clone Wars” TV show debuting this fall on the Cartoon Network.
I’ve yet to see the film but have heard great reviews from those who went to see it this weekend. As a Star Wars fan, I would love to watch the “Clone Wars”, but have not been interested in the least bit following the commercials. Dark Knight is on my wish list of movies to see but am fairly certain that I will not have the opportunity until it is released on DVD. Please let me hear your thoughts on any/all of these films.