"Tropic Thunder" stands unchallenged at North American three-day weekend box office. For the third weekend in a row, the Ben Stiller's action comedy film stays at the #1 slot beating out its recent competitors, including "Babylon A.D.", "Traitor" and "Disaster Movie", by grossing $11.5 million.
Though experiencing a 29.2% deficit in sales this particular weekend, the DreamWorks Pictures' movie is the only film at the chart which breaks out the $10 million mark. On the success of "Thunder" in securing the first place for the third time, Media By Numbers' president Paul Dergarabedian commented, "For this movie to finish first three weeks in a row is really impressive. The great word-of-mouth helped, and people are obviously in the mood for comedy."
Telling the story of a band of actors who is stuck in a real war-like situation while filming a Vietnam war movie, "Thunder" has collected so far $83.9 million nationwide. Meanwhile, on its overseas sales, it has been reported to have pulled in another $3.5 million from the 11 market it has been screened making it to rake in the international cume of around $14.1 million.
On "The Dark Knight" run at the box office, the "Batman Begins" sequel creates a story of its own. It has climbed up a spot to the third position with weekend tally of $8.6 million and thus crosses the $500 million milestone. With the total of $502.3 million after 45 days of screening, the Christopher Nolan-directed movie has become the second movie to garner more than $500 million behind "Titanic" which has hauled in total of $601 million.
Apart from "Thunder" and "Dark Knight", the other three top five movies include "Babylon A.D.", "The House Bunny" and "Traitor". The Mathieu Kassovitz's actioner starring Vin Diesel, "Babylon", debuts second to "Thunder" with the sales of $9.5 million, while Overture Films' thriller "Traitor" opens fifth with $7.9 million. Slipping two slots to the fourth place is Anna Faris-starrer "House Bunny" which ticket sales is accounted for $8.3 million.
Other recently released movies this weekend are "Disaster Movie" and "College", which land on the seventh and twelfth position on the box office respectively. "Disaster", the Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's spoof genre film, can not relive the success of "Meet the Spartans" since it collects merely $5.8 million, while Lionsgate's teenage comedy "College" grosses just $2.2 million.