IT took four of Hollywood’s biggest stars to take down Batman.
The DreamWorks-Paramount comedy Tropic Thunder, with Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, Jack Black and Tom Cruise, debuted at No 1 with US$26 million, bumping The Dark Knight to second place after four weekends on top.
The Warner Bros Batman movie pulled in $16,8 million to raise its total to $471,5 million. The Dark Knight passed the original Star Wars ($461 million) and now is second only to Titanic ($600,8 million).
The Dark Knight managed to fend off another Star Wars movie this weekend. The animated tale Star Wars: The Clone Wars, also released by Warner Bros, opened in third place with $15,5 million.
Tropic Thunder was the third R-rated comedy to open solidly in recent weeks, following Pineapple Express and Step Brothers. Most comedies are rated PG-13, since an R rating limits the audience by requiring those younger than 17 to come with an adult.
Stiller directed and co-wrote Tropic Thunder, in which he stars with Downey and Black as pampered actors who find themselves in a real combat situation while shooting a Vietnam War epic in the Asian jungles. —— AP.