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Manhattan Weekend Box Office: Pineapple Express Pulls Past The Dark Knight

It seems New Yorkers prefer bumbling stoners to crime-fighting superheroes. Pineapple Express opening weekend sales pulled past The Dark Knight The Dark Knight may refer to:
  • Batman, a DC Comics superhero, is commonly known as The Dark Knight.
  • The Dark Knight Returns, the 1986 graphic novel miniseries by Frank Miller.
 for the city's top spot this weekend -- ending Batman's three consecutive weeks at no. 1. Though with Pineapple's $437,719 gross only topping Christopher Nolan's film by $28,622, the race was mighty close. Nationally, The Dark Knight continued its supremacy, pulling in $26 million for a fourth straight week at no. 1. This weekend's sales pushed the film's cumulative gross to $441.5 million. As the Times tells us, if the latest installment in the Batman franchise continues its already record-shattering pace, it could end up just behind Titanic as the second-highest grossing film of all time. The Joker buddying up to Celine Dion; how's that for Heath Ledger's posthumous legacy?

How can we account for Manhattan's betrayal? How could we have shamelessly indulged in Apatowian man-boy escapism es·cap·ism
The tendency to escape from daily reality or routine by indulging in daydreaming, fantasy, or entertainment.
 in the face of rampant urban crime? Probably nothing more complicated than the fact that Brideshead Revisted, Elegy elegy, in Greek and Roman poetry, a poem written in elegiac verse (i.e., couplets consisting of a hexameter line followed by a pentameter line). The form dates back to 7th cent. B.C. in Greece and poets such as Archilochus, Mimnermus, and Tytraeus. , and Man on Wire (nos. 7, 8, and 10, respectively), were limited releases -- available to New Yorkers, not Middle America Middle America 1

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. If those films had a wider release, some of those folks who went back to Dark Knight for a second or third helping might have checked out Penelope Cruz in Elegy instead. With less competition at the cineplex it's simply easy for Batman to dominate nationally.

Outside the occasional attention-diverting limited release or art-house film, though, Manhattanites are happy to see the movies of their countrymen, particularly in the summer. The local and national top-ten lists were similar these past two weeks, and they were again this weekend. The big movies grabbing spots 2 through 5 locally landed in the same spots nationally. These included The Sisterhood sisterhood: see monasticism.  of the Traveling Pants 2 at no. 4, which earned $111,653 here in the city and $10.7 nation-wide in its opening weekend.

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Manhattan Weekend Box Office: How moviegoers in the multiplexes of middle America choose to spend their ten-spot is probably a big deal in Hollywood. But here in Manhattan, the hottest movies aren't always the ones making the big bucks nationwide. Using Nielsen numbers for Manhattan theaters alone and comparing them to the performance of the national weekend box office can tell you a lot about our Blue State sensibilities. Or nothing at all! Each Monday afternoon, we will bring you the results.
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Author:John S.W. MacDonald
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:Aug 11, 2008
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