On Friday, The Dark Knight fought its way back to the number one spot with $7.8 million, up 65% from Thursday’s $4.7 million. It’s 23 day total of $423,311,467 is a mere $4,345 behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest for sixth place on the all time domestic chart. For the weekend, Knight will likely scoop up $27 million, down only 37% from last week, which would be one of the largest fourth weekends on record. It will also be the first time in nearly five years that a film has topped the charts for four straight weeks. That’s an incredible feat considering how frontloaded the industry has become.
Meanwhile, Pineapple Express continued to lose steam after an impressive Wednesday and a solid Thursday. On Friday, the ‘R’-rated comedy fell to second place with $7.7 million, up just 29% from Thursday. Still, Express has made a decent $25.8 million in three days, and for the Friday-to-Sunday frame, a $22 million tally should result, lifting the five day haul to $40 million. However, the extreme frontloaded nature of this start puts its long-term prospects of hitting $100 million on ice, especially with Tropic Thunder looming.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 also posted a mediocre Friday after a strong Wednesday launch. After an opening day nearly three times that of the first Sisterhood, Sisterhood 2 managed only a $3.9 million Friday. That’s less than 10% above its predecessor’s first Friday, and once three years of inflation is factored in, the comparable day is actually slightly lower. The girl powered sequel has collected $12.8 million in three days and will hit $11 million for the three day period and $20 million in five days.
Unless there is a major turnaround on Saturday, this will be the lowest overall weekend at the box office so far this summer.
- ‘Pineapple Express’ Loses Steam on Thursday
- ‘Pineapple Express’ $12M Wednesday, ‘Sisterhood’ $5.7M
- Can ‘The Dark Knight’ Sink ‘Titanic’?
- ‘Pineapple Express’ to Smoke Up The Box Office
Box Office Data Source: The Numbers