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“The Dark Knight” Passes “Star Wars”; Now #2 Highest Grossing Film of All-Time August 19, 2008 7:17 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Box Office, Movies, News, The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder.

After placing first for four straight weekends, The Dark Knight fell to second place this weekend with $16.4M, edged out by the hilarious movie-within-a-movie comedy Tropic Thunder which took first place with $25.8M.

However, and more impressively, The Dark Knight passed up Star Wars ($461M) to take second place on the domestic all-time chart.  Through Sunday, its gross stood at $471.1M and is now at $473.2M when including Monday’s grosses.  The film moved its way into the number two spot on Saturday.

How appropriate is it that Star Wars fell out of the number two spot on the weekend when a new Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, was released?  ‘The Clone Wars’ in fact could only manage a third place $14.6M.

I’m currently projecting the final domestic gross of The Dark Knight at between $502-513M.

The rest of the top 10 follows after the jump.

Top 10 (August 15-17–Actuals)

  1. Tropic Thunder – $25.81M ($36.85M)
  2. The Dark Knight – $16.38M ($471.08M)
  3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – $14.61M ($14.61M)
  4. Mirrors – $11.16M ($11.16M)
  5. Pineapple Express – $9.81M ($62.74M)
  6. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – $8.21M ($86.25M)
  7. Mamma Mia! – $6.10M ($116.01M)
  8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 – $5.79M ($32.00M)
  9. Step Brothers – $4.81M ($90.70M)
  10. Vicky Cristina Barcelona – $3.76M ($3.76M)

Source: Box Office Mojo



1. herculesrob - August 19, 2008 10:17 pm

About time The Dark Knight fell off from #1 after an impressive four-week run. It really did surprise me when it beat out The Mummy and then Pineapple Express. Your prediction of $502-513 sounds about right. The Dark Knight is, and will be, the movie of 2008.

2. Jalen People - August 22, 2008 9:45 am

The Dark Knight is the movie of 2008! i personally thought it would beat titanic. but now i see it wont!

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