With the Olympic flame burning bright, it seems American movie-goers can't get enough of their heroes, including Batman.
The Dark Knight finished number one in the weekend box office for the fourth straight week. A feat usually reserved for other seasons than the summer movie blockbuster a week, Batman proved he not only can fly, but he's got legs.
Pineapple Express opened with hopes of knocking off the caped crusader, but failed in its effort. The stoner film finished a close second with its $22.4 million for the opening weekend, $40.4 million for its premiere week.
The Dark Knight, on the other hand, added another $26 million over the weekend that sent its stateside box office totals to $441.5 million.
There has been buzz all over Hollywood since Batman's enormous debut that it has the legs to overtake the number one spot on the all-time list held by James Cameron's Titanic.
Although Dark Knight leapt over Shrek 2 with its current weekend numbers for second place on that heralded list, the idea that two months from now it will still be packing theaters like Leo DiCaprio did for Titanic is highly unlikely.
Next weekend, the bat runs into the monolith known as Star Wars. George Lucas is premiering his animated take on The Clone Wars that is sure to finish number one. Although, the force is strong in this Batman, we shall see.
Our favorite of the weekend, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, finished a solid fourth with a $10.7 million weekend and a $19.7 million week.
The Box office top ten
1. The Dark Knight
, $26 million.
2. Pineapple Express
, $22.4 million.
3. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
, $16.1 million.
4. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
, $10.8 million.
5. Step Brothers
, $8.9 million.
6. Mamma Mia!
7. Journey to the Center of the Earth
, $4.9 million.
, $3.3 million.
9. Swing Vote
, $3.1 million.
, $3 million.
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