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The Dark Knight Sheds Light - Week 12

The Dark Knight
Iron Man
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Kung Fu Panda
Mamma Mia!
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Well, the days of DC Comics playing second fiddle to Marvel Comics movies are over. Like a thief in the night, The Dark Knight did what the Man of Steel Superman (or as he's referred to now, Just Pretty Good Man) couldn't do… Open huge and keep going. After just one weekend, Batman's not even thinking about topping this season's Iron Man. People are wondering if he can catch Spider-Man 1's $403 million total, the highest grossing comic-book movie of all-time.

It was a stunning opening for The Dark Knight which made $158.4 million in its first three days, breaking Spider-Man 3's record by $7 million. Though arguably Maggie Gyllenhaal was just as awkward in The Dark Knight as Kristen Dunst was in Spidey 3, the extra $7 million was well deserved since producers didn't cave to Maggie's request to sing during the movie.

Well, there wasn't really a need for Maggie to sing anyway since the AARP crowd had all the singing they could take a chance on with Mamma Mia. The not-quite winner didn't take it all, but there's no need for an S.O.S. after a $27.8 million opening. You don't have to be a super trouper to lay all your love on a movie. The name of the game is money, money, money, so they'll just say thank you for the music and recognize that knowing me, knowing you, the film was no Waterloo.

So, whoever said "Yeah, right... That'll happen when Hellboy freezes over" is feeling a bit nervous today. Getting pitch-forked with a 71% decline in its second weekend for a $56.5 million total, fans may not have to wait until after director Guillermo del Toro finishes making The Hobbit for Hellboy 3. It may be a Sci-Fi Channel movie of the week airing by Columbus Day starring Casper Van Dien.

Journey To The Center of the Earth held very well falling only 41% despite the presence of the caped crusader and has discovered $43.5 million so far. Consider this the sucker punch before Brendan Fraser will try to deliver the knock-out blow to Batman next week in the Mummy 3 as I'm giving little chance to this week's films to take the #1 spot from The Dark Knight.

Hancock and Wall-E dropped 56% and 46% respectively, taking in $14 and $10.1 million. With $182.7 million Wall-E's got a ways to go if it wants to catch Kung Fu Panda and Hancock's $191.5 million has another five months before I even think about catching that film on DVD.

The lead for Iron Man has shrunk to $2 million over Indy, but we're talking about films that are grossing less than a million dollars a weekend now. George Lucas could add a whole other intergalactic language song performance in the Jabba's Palace in the time it's going to take for Indy to pass ole' Shellhead. Oh wait, I hope George isn't reading this. He doesn't need any encouragement.
The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:

#1. Iron Man - $314.4 million
#2. Indiana Jones - $312.6 million
#3. Kung Fu Panda - $206.6 million
#4. Hancock - $191.5 million
#5. Wall-E - $182.7 million

This Week
Well, Week 13 is a lot like Week 11. I have no idea how these new films are going to do this weekend. The Dark Knight is consuming everything in its path and I'm not sure that many people are really interested in a R-Rated comedy about losers and a TV reunion special that probably wouldn't even get a post-American Idol slot on Fox these days.

That said, Step Brothers might really prove whether the Will Farrell express is on the decline or whether Semi-Pro was just a speed-bump in the comedies of life.

Likewise, we've come to accept that The Truth is Out There because the X-Files show writers had no idea what they were doing after Season 5. Like Mulder, I want to believe, but the Scully in me has my doubts.

by Matt Neuenburg on 07/21/2008

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Hancock, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Kung Fu Panda, Mamma Mia!, The Dark Knight, WALL-E
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