It's worth noting that Pineapple Express was released on Wednesday (since Wednesday's the new Friday, doncha know), and pulled in $40.5 million over the five days -- a victory for an R-rated stoner comedy. The horribly titled The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, also released on Wednesday, had a $19.7 million five-day on just over 2,700 screens, a reasonably strong showing for a sequel to a niche film that made $39 million in 2005.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor dropped 60% to $16.1 million -- whoops. It looks to top out at around $100 million, which would make it a distant third in the main franchise, though it might beat out The Scorpion King.
One of the summer's biggest box office surprises is lurking down at #7 on the weekend chart. Journey to the Center of the Earth continues to suffer only miniscule drops; it's taken in $82 million after five weekends of release, after an opening weekend of only $21 million. That sounds like a ringing audience endorsement of Real-D 3-D to me.
The full estimates after the jump.
1 - The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.) - $26.03 ($6,467) - $441.54
2 - Pineapple Express (Columbia) - $22.40 ($7,291) - $40.47
3 - The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Universal) - $16.11 ($4,264) - $70.67
4 - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Warner Bros.) - $10.77 ($3,978) - $19.71
5 - Step Brothers (Columbia) - $8.90 ($2,796) - $80.90
6 - Mamma Mia! (Universal) - $8.08 ($2,530) - $104.02
7 - Journey to the Center of the Earth (New Line) - $4.86 ($2,464) - $81.76
8 - Hancock (Columbia) - $3.30 ($1,461) - $221.71
9 - Swing Vote (Touchstone) - $3.11 ($1,403) - $12.00
10 - Wall-E (Disney) - $3.05 ($1,420) - $210.11
Next week sees another Wednesday release in the form of Tropic Thunder; then on Friday, the undermarketed Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Mirrors (which had its press screenings canceled in most markets), and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona in semi-wide release. Tropic Thunder, at least, should have the firepower to finally knock The Dark Knight from its perch.