Knight Beats Pineapple At Box-Office

“The Dark Knight” took the top spot at the box-office this weekend for a fourth straight week, beating two newcomers whose Wednesday openings admittedly hurt their chances of toppling Batman’s reign.

‘Knight’ took in $26 million in its fourth weekend, ahead of the $22 million earned by Seth Rogen comedy “Pineapple Express”. ‘Pineapple’ actually won on Friday ($7.9 million to $7.6 million), but interest in the comedy waned over the weekend while ‘Knight’ attendance surged.

“Knight” now stands as the third highest grossing film of all time with a $441.5 million total. It’s expected to pass the original “Star Wars” tally of $461 million by next weekend and then comfortably settle down in the low $500 million range – second place only to “Titanic”.

‘Pineapple’ scored generally good reviews (70% positive & 6.4/10 on Rotten Tomatoes, and 64/100 & 7.5/10 on Metacritic) and has pulled in an impressive $40.4 million haul since its opening on Wednesday. The other newcomer “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” also opened well with a $19.7 million haul since Wednesday – nearly doubling the amount earned in the first five days by its predecessor.

“Mamma Mia!” is still holding superbly and crossed the $100 million mark, whereas the poorly-received “Mummy” three-quel plunged 60% in its second weekend. In limited release the Philip Roth-adapted thriller “Elegy” impressed with a $17,000 per screen haul on six screens. Biker movie “Hell Ride” tanked with a disastrous $1,018 per screen gross, while Alan Rickman comedy “Bottle Shock” fared well with a $6,145 per screen take.