The Dark Knight Kicks The Mummy's Ass - Headed for $480 Million!
As most readers know, we normally never cover box office stats, but considering history is being made this year with The Dark Knight, I can't help but mention the latest news. This past weekend resulted in an interesting turn of events, as Universal's The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor ended up performing well below early estimates, only taking in $42.5 million. In comparison, The Dark Knight kicked Brendan Fraser's ass and earned another $43.8 million, beating The Mummy for the #1 spot this weekend for the third weekend in a row. However, the big news is that this puts the cumulative domestic total for Nolan's sequel up to $395 million. In just over two weeks, The Dark Knight has already pushed its way up to the #8 spot on the all-time box office totals list, right below Spider-Man - and this is just the beginning!
What the heck was Entertainment Weekly thinking when they only predicted $255 million?! The best part is that most of the movies that are up at the top of the all-time box office totals list only reach that point after months of showing in the theater. Steve Mason of Fantasy Moguls is already predicting that The Dark Knight is going to make enough on Monday to beat out Spider-Man for the highest grossing comic book movie of all-time. Mason's prediction is that The Dark Knight will end up with a domestic total of $480 million by the end of its run (which could be through to November). That would it put in the #2 spot directly below Titanic, which holds the record with an unbeatable $600 million domestically. That would also put it directly above Star Wars, which has earned $461 million since 1977.
The other great part about this news is that The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor got its ass kicked. On Friday, I was reading news saying that The Mummy might finally give Batman a run for his money and just barely nudge it out for the #1 spot. But anyone who was seen both of those movies knows that The Mummy doesn't even deserve one cent of the $42.5 million that it made. Thankfully The Dark Knight prevailed and is on its way to going down in history. It's truly gratifying to see The Dark Knight doing as well as I originally predicted and proving all of the nay-sayers wrong. However, I'm not going to start any fights about who was right or wrong. Instead, let's just focus on the incredible success of one of the best movies of the decade. And I leave you all with one last question… Will it beat Titanic?