Dark Knight Dominates for Second Weekend
Warner Bros.’ record-chomper “The Dark Knight” again ruled the boxoffice roost this weekend, with its estimated $75.6 million in second-session grosses pushing domestic cume above $300 million in a quickest-ever sprint of just 10 days.
Registering $314.2 million through Sunday, the Batman sequel well outpaced the previous 16-day record of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Curse,” a July 2006 release that went on to ring up a total $423.3 million domestically. “Dark Knight” dropped 52% over its second weekend in release, marking a more modest decline than absorbed by many big action titles.
Sony’s R-rated comedy “Step Brothers” opened at No. 2 over the latest frame with a solid $30 million, while Fox’s scifi sequel “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” bowed limply in fourth place with $10.2 million. Universal’s musical “Mamma Mia!” finished third, dropping a skimpy 36% in its sophomore session to $17.9 million and a 10-day cume of $62.7 million. [thr]