Knight Tops, X-Files Flops

“The Dark Knight” topped the box-office again this weekend with $75.6 million, down a very respectable 52% from last week’s best all-time opening, and easily flying past the $300 million mark with a $314.2 million cume in just 10 days.

That makes the film the fastest ever to $300 million, taking 10 days whereas previous winner “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” took 16 days to do the same. The Batman sequel will likely pass the $314.9 million total gross of “Iron Man” in a few hours, and it is estimated the film will not only easily cross the $400 million mark but could head into a total gross in the $500 million range – making it the second highest earner of all time behind only “Titanic”.

The rosy news continued as Will Ferrell comedy “Step Brothers” also opened this weekend in second place with a very impressive $30 million. Last week’s musical “Mamma Mia!” took in $17.8 million, falling only 36% in its second weekend (one of the smallest second weekend drops of the year) and landed in third place. Everything else held well, “Journey to the Center of the Earth” having the smallest drop with a 23.7% fall while “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” had the largest with a 51.2% drop.

The only other wide release this weekend was “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” which pulled in a very disappointing $10 million opening. The film was critically maligned, getting only 33% positive reviews and a 4.9/10 average score on Rotten Tomatoes along with a 49/100 & 6.4/10 on Metacritic. Nevertheless with its relatively low budget ($30 million), Fox won’t lose much on its investment.

On the limited release front, “Boy A” and “American Teen” opened to respectable numbers, “Man on Wire” took in an impressive $24,000 per screen average on two screens, but it was the generally well-received new film version of “Brideshead Revisited” that came out on top with an excellent $10,000 screen average despite being spread across 33 screens.