Box Office Report: ‘Knight’ Won’t Fall
Regarding early speculation last week that the stoner
comedy Pineapple Express might topple The Dark Knight from its number one box
office spot, we can only think of explanation: they must have been high.
Actually, Pineapple Express did put up great numbers in its Wednesday night
debut, lighting up $12 million. But it dropped 50 percent on Thursday night and
never really fully recovered, although its weekend take of $22.4 million should
please Sony—with a running total of $40.47 million since its release, it’s made
back its production budget of $27 million in less than a week. However, Express failed to reach its preferred destination at number one, thanks to a $26
million performance from The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s sequel is now the
first film since Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003 to hold on
to the number one spot at the box office for four consecutive weeks. As of Monday, it had taken in $441 million domestic and $705 million worldwide.