The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor got off to a strong start on Friday with $15.2M, a good deal ahead of The Dark Knight ($12.7M), but it fell behind on Saturday and Sunday en route to a $40.56M weekend, just below the $42.66M taken in by first place finisher The Dark Knight.
The Mummy’s box office take over the weekend compares favorably with the first film in the franchise which took in $43.37M in its first weekend back in 1999, but is well below what The Mummy II drew in 2001 ($68.14M). Industry expections were for the film to take in somewhere in the neighborhood of $45-50M so it slightly underperformed.
Moving back to The Dark Knight, this is the film’s third consecutive weekend at #1and its new domestic cume is now $393.75M, putting it in eighth place on the all-time domestic gross list. Though Titanic’s domestic record of $600.79M looks now to be safe, second place holder Star Wars with $461M will likely go down. My current estimate has The Dark Knight ending its box office run somewhere between $486-539M. I’ll update those totals as the weeks go on.
The rest of the top 10 follows after the jump.
Moving to the other openers and top 10, Swing Vote failed to make much an impression on movie-goers, opening in sixth place with just $6.23M from 2,213 theaters. Step Brothers took a less than 50% drop in its second week with $16.51M from 3,094 theaters for a new cume of $63.17.
Mamma Mia! took fourth place with $12.62M, a drop of just 28.9% from the week prior pushing its domestic total to a solid $87.47M through three weeks. Rounding out the top five was Journey to the Center of the Earth with $6.66M from 2,285 theaters. The relatively low-budgeteed adventure film ($60M) has taken in $72.93M through four weeks in theaters.
Hancock’s $5.09M was good enough for seventh place and a new cume of $215.88M, while Wall-E was in eighth place and passed the $200M mark with $4.60M ($204.08M).
After an already weak opening weekend, The X-Files: I Want to Believe fell 66.2% (most in the top 10) to ninth place with just $3.39M. True its budget was kept in line ($30M), but $17.02M through two weeks is not where Fox hoped this film would be. Finally, Space Chimps took 10th place over the weekend with $2.72M and a new cume of $21.97M.