Ben Stiller’s R-rated ensemble comedy Tropic Thunder ended The Dark Knight‘s reign atop the domestic box office, pulling in $26 million over the weekend and $37 million overall since its Wednesday debut. Director Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins sequel banked another $16.8 million, bringing its total Stateside haul to $471.5 million, good for second place all time. Amongst other new entries, the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars grossed $15.5 million, good for third place, while Mirrors, starring Kiefer Sutherland, scared up $11.1 million, good for fourth place. Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona slotted 10th, with $3.7 million, while 3-D animated flick Fly Me to the Moon got swatted, placed 12th for the weekend, with $2 million.
Rounding out the top 10, Pineapple Express placed fifth, with $10 million ($62.9 million overall); Brendan Fraser’s third Mummy flick slotted sixth, with $8.6 million ($86.7 million overall); the ABBA-inflected stage musical adaptation Mamma Mia!
placed seventh, with $6.5 million ($116.4 million overall); The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 finished eighth, earning $5.9 million ($32.1 million overall); and Will Ferrell and John
C. Reilly’s Step Brothers
slotted ninth, with another $5 million ($90.9 million overall).
In limited release, Henry Poole is Here opened at over 525 venues and grossed $800,000; solid arthouse hit Brideshead Revisted added 150 theaters and pulled in $746,000, adding to its cumulative gross of $4.7 million; Randall Miller’s ensemble wine dramedy Bottle Shock added 69 theaters, and pulled in another $406,000; and Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz’s Elegy added $54,000 to its two-week total, holding steady at a half dozen screens.