'Tropic Thunder' is No.1 for 3rd week

Aug. 31, 2008 at 2:09 PM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- "Tropic Thunder" held sway at No. 1 in U.S. movie theaters this Labor Day weekend, its third week at the top of the heap, Box Office Mojo said Sunday.

The Ben Stiller comedy about making a movie about the Vietnam War grossed an estimated $11.5 million.

A new movie, "Babylon A.D.," a futuristic action thriller starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh, took the No. 2 spot with estimated ticket sales of $9.7 million.

The Batman flick "The Dark Knight" moved back up to No. 3 from fourth place with an $8.75 million weekend, bringing its seven-week total to $502.4 million. "The House Bunny" slipped from second to fourth at $8.3 million.

"Traitor," an international conspiracy drama starring Don Cheadle, debuted at No. 5 with $7.9 million, followed by "Death Race," down three spots with $6.23 million.

Another new offering, "Disaster Movie," a comedy about -- what else? -- disasters befalling a group of young people, featuring Matt Lanter and Vanessa Minnillo, checked in at No. 7 with $6.17 million.

Filling out the top tier were "Mamma Mia!" at $4.42 million, "Pineapple Express" at $3.39 million and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which moved back up from 11th at $3 million.

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars," fell out of the Top 10 all the way from fifth last week. "Mirrors" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" also were banished.

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