Despite being clobbered by Halloween on Friday, Disney's smash hit kidpic High School Musical 3 once again led the North American box office in its second weekend winning the frame by a comfortable margin. The squeaky clean teens were followed by a trio of R-rated films that fought fiercely over the runnerup spot.
Recession be damned! Movie fans went on a spending spree at North American multiplexes as a pair of new sequels pumped over $72M into cash registers driving the overall marketplace to the biggest October weekend in box office history.
With the elections just a few weeks away, W. seemed ready to rule the box office this weekend, but it was Fox's weekend to break out of its slump, with two of its openers finding their way into the top 5, including Max Payne to lead them all.
In one of the bigger upsets in recent box office history, the canine adventure Beverly Hills Chihuahua remained at number one with the highly touted and highly pedigreed Body of Lies landing with a thud in third.
This weekend a jam-packed slate of eight new films opening or expanding nationwide flooded the multiplexes but it was a pampered little dog that ticket buyers wanted turning Disney's family comedy Beverly Hills Chihuahua into the box office king.
Looking down upon the rest of the box office, Eagle Eye soared to the top of the charts this weekend with one of the largest September openings in history. But the real surprise on the charts was in the number four position. Overall, the top ten sailed above last year's levels.
While Dark Knight bows out from the top spot to make room for the star power of Tropic Thunder, it holds its place as the number two domestic blockbuster of all-time and the number one global smash of this year.
The unstoppable box office superhero The Dark Knight once again defeated all foes and spent its fourth consecutive weekend at number one becoming the first film in nearly five years to accomplish the fourpeat. With the gold medal going to Batman, Seth Rogen and James Franco shared the silver with their new stoner comedy Pineapple Express which posted a solid five-day debut.