‘Dark Knight’ Crowned Again, ‘Brothers’ Step Over ‘X-Files’

The Dark Knight kept a firm grip atop the North American box office this weekend while establishing several new records in the process. Meanwhile, Step Brothers out-grossed fellow opener The X-Files: I Want to Believe by a nearly 3 to 1 margin.

The Dark Knight made off with an estimated $75.6 million to easily lead the box office for a second weekend. It’s the film film since Iron Man, over two months ago, to stay at the top position for back-to-back frames. That figure beats the $72.2 million take from Shrek 2 to establish a new record for the largest second weekend ever. Knight has now collected $314.2 million giving it the highest total ever after ten days. It’s now less than a day away from topping Iron Man to become the biggest hit of 2008. It also demolished the record for the fastest film to reach $300 million, doing it in just ten days. The old record was 16 days set by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Knight is now easily on pace to become the fastest film to $400 million. That milestone will fall by the end of its fourth weekend, at the very latest.

Dark Knight‘s 52% drop is an amazing hold for a blockbuster film with such upfront demand. By comparison, Dead Man’s Chest, another previous opening weekend record holder, dropped a slightly steeper 54% in its sophomore weekend in July 2006. Dead Man’s Chest holds after its second weekend were softer, and it finished with a 3.12 multiplier (total divided by opening weekend). If the latest Batman film followed the same pattern, it would end up with just under $500 million in total ($494M to be precise), but the slightly better second weekend hold suggests that the Caped Crusader could be able to become only the second film in history to cross the half a billion dollar barrier. More >>

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