The Dark Knight strikes again

Batman beats The Mummy for a third straight box office triumph…

While The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor slayed ‘em overseas, the Stateside box office well and truly belonged once more to The Dark Knight. It was a close run thing – and indeed, the actual figures may tell a different story come Monday – but for now, the Bat-sequel is spending a third weekend atop the box office, with $43.8 million, pushing its US total to around $395 million. The Mummy’s makers won’t be too unhappy, though – the film nabbed $42.4 million on top of its impressive international haul.

Step Brothers handily won third place, dropping just 47% to grab $16.3 million, while Mamma Mia dropped even less and took in $13 million for fourth. Bringing up fifth, we find Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, with $6.8 million.

There was little success at the cinematic polls for Kevin Costner’s new comedy drama Swing Vote, which could only struggle to sixth place with $6.3 million, putting it just ahead of a still strong Hancock in seventh ($215 million to date) and Wall-E in eighth ($204 million).

Bringing up the bottom of the charts, we have the underperforming X-Files: I Want To Believe in ninth and Space Chimps lurking at 10th.