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Tropic Thunder knocks Dark Knight out of number one spot

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Thunder rolls

It took a rumble of Thunder to take down a Dark Knight.

Tropic Thunder slid into the number one movie in America slot this weekend, raking in $26 million and knocking The Dark Knight down to number two after four weeks at the top.

Thunder rolls

Featuring four of Hollywood's biggest male stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey, Jr. and Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder gained notoriety for its depiction of a mentally challenged man frequently referred to in the movie as a "retard."

"We're thrilled, quite frankly. It played out exactly how we hoped," said DreamWorks spokesman Chip Sullivan.

Box office top ten

1. Tropic Thunder, $26 million.
2. The Dark Knight, $16.8 million.
3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars, $15.5 million.
4. Mirrors, $11.1 million.
5. Pineapple Express, $10 million.
6. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, $8.6 million.
7. Mamma Mia!, $6.5 million.
8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, $5.9 million.
9. Step Brothers $5 million.
10. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, $3.7 million.
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