TROPIC THUNDER, Paramount’s well reviewed and highly entertaining action comedy, opened in the top spot at the nation’s box-office. The big budget film pulled in 26 million over the weekend and 37 mill since hitting theaters on Wednesday. That’s roughly four mill short of what PINEAPPLE EXPRESS did in the same time frame. While Pineapple cost just 27 million to produce, it’s being reported that Tropic Thunder cost as much as 160 mill, a boat load of money with the attending pressure on its star and director, Ben Stiller. While this open is fairly solid, it’s also safe to say it’s on the soft side and the studio had to be expecting more. I’d like to think this film will have legs going forward when positive word of mouth kicks in but that theory doesn’t always hold water in this day and age of what’s next! Warner Bros THE DARK KNIGHT was knocked out of the top spot after four straight weeks at number one, placing second and pulling in another 16.8 mill, giving it a five-week total of 471 million. That now makes it the second highest grossing movie in U.S history behind TITANIC which stands at 601 mill.
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS placed third pulling in a respectable 15.5 mill. Why people would choose to pay to see this third rate production in a once great franchise is anyone’s guess but expect a quick fade from theaters. MIRRORS, the new horror film starring Kiefer Sutherland, opened to an ok 11 mill in business to place fourth and the comedy, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, took a 60% hit in ticket sales as it pulled in 10 mill giving it a Ten day total of 62.9. HERES A LINK TO THIS WEEKEND’S TOP TEN