Heath Ledger as the Joker (sitting) and Christian Bale as Batman, in The Dark Knight
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One month into his game Batman is still ruling the box-office.
The Dark Knight
remained No. 1 at the cineplex for the fourth straight weekend, grossing $26 million and bringing its total take to $441.5 million – and making it the third top-grossing film of all time, surpassing the previous third-ranked Shrek 2
, reports Variety
Sometime this week, the movie, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger
, is expected to overtake the No. 2 record box-office holder, Star Wars
. (Still ranked No. 1 is Titanic
, with $601 million.) Pineapple Express
was the weekend's second best-performing movie, with $22.4 million. It was followed in the Top 5 by The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
; $16.1 million; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
, $10.8 million; and Step Brothers
, $8.9 million.
No. 6 was Mamma Mia!
, with $8.1 million – enough to put it over the $100-million mark.