Not that any of Disaster Movie's competitors did spectacularly better. The strongest of them -- the poorly-reviewed sci-fi flick Babylon A.D. -- only managed second place and a $12 million four-day. Don Cheadle's Traitor came in fifth with $10 million, which I actually think is robust for an barely-marketed film opening on just over 2,000 screens. College crashed and burned, landing outside the top 10 with $2.6 million. The best explanation is that there simply wasn't any reason to see it.
The holdovers did well. Mamma Mia!, now in its seventh weekend of release, continues to lurk in the bottom half of the top 10; its take actually grew compared to last weekend, even if you use the 3-day numbers. It's up to $133 million. The Dark Knight barely lost steam, going from fourth place to third and breaking the $500 million threshold. Vicky Cristina Barcelona also continues to do very well on under 700 screens. And of course, Tropic Thunder managed a third weekend atop the charts, leapfrogging past Pineapple Express.
The full estimates after the jump.
1 - Tropic Thunder (Paramount) - $14.30 ($4,117) - $86.63
2 - Babylon A.D. (Fox) - $12.00 ($3,539) - $12.00
3 - The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.) - $11.03 ($4,009) - $504.70
4 - The House Bunny (Columbia) - $10.20 ($3,758) - $29.76
5 - Traitor (Overture) - $10.00 ($4,878) - $11.50
6 - Death Race (Universal) - $8.20 ($2,604) - $25.04
7 - Disaster Movie (Lions Gate) - $6.88 ($2,604) - $6.88
8 - Mamma Mia! (Universal) - $5.79 ($2,940) - $132.88
9 - Pineapple Express (Columbia) - $4.50 ($2,198) - $80.88
10 - Vicky Cristina Barcelona (MGM) - $3.53 ($5,102) - $13.32
Numbers are from Box Office Mojo.
Next weekend is completely dead; Bangkok Dangerous is the only wide release. I'm skeptical that it can remove Tropic Thunder from its perch.