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'Dark Knight' Stays On Top, Now Almost At $400 Million

'The Dark Knight' beat out 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor' to hold on to its top spot for the third weekend in a row.

'Dark Knight' earned $43.8 million over the weekend, while the 'Mummy' sequel took second with $42.5 million. 'Mummy' was actually expected to top the box office this weekend with ticket sales of $50 million, but considerably less than expected.

Meanwhile, 'Dark Knight' movie has taken in an estimated $394.9 million in just 17 days and is expected to cross the $400 million mark by either late Monday or Tuesday, on its 18th or 19th day, which would set yet another record. The current fastest to $400 million is 'Shrek 2', which did it over more than double that time -- 43 days.

There is some debate whether the movie can take over the all-time spot, currently held by 'Titanic' at $600.8 million. Many believed the movie will top out at around $480-500 million, but we think it could go higher to become the highest grossing movie of all time. If not, the movie is all but guaranteed second place. Interestingly, even if it beats 'Titanic' with the numbers, there will definitely be those that say 1997's 'Titanic' earned more factoring in inflation, so the movie may be destined to be in second regardless.

The other new release for the weekend, 'Swing Vote', starring Kevin Costner and Kelsey Grammer, opened miles away with a weak $6.3 million, for sixth spot.

Here are the complete numbers for the box office:

1. The Dark Knight, $43.8 million.
2. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, $42.5 million.
3. Step Brothers, $16.3 million.
4. Mamma Mia!, $13.1 million.
5. Journey to the Center of the Earth, $6.9 million.
6. Swing Vote, $6.3 million.
7. Hancock, $5.2 million.
8. WALL-E, $4.7 million.
9. The X-Files: I Want to Believe, $3.4 million.
10. Space Chimps, $2.8 million.

August 4, 2008 |

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