Last weekend's box office tumbled to its lowest gross since 2003 as the top-12 films grossed just $50.3 million, down 32 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago and down 23 percent from last weekend. The Nicolas Cage film Bangkok Dangerous from Lionsgate finished as the leader, but its $7.8 million gross was the lowest for any No. 1 film this year. Its per-screen average of $2,937 was slightly less than that of No. 11 on the list, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which averaged $2,947 per screen in its fourth week. Still, the Lionsgate film pushed Paramount's Tropic Thunder to second place, as it slid 37 percent to $7.2 million, to bring its four-week gross to $96.5 million -- ordinarily a substantial amount for a comedy, but not necessarily in the case of Thunder, whose special effects and stellar cast reportedly drove production costs to $90 million. Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight moved up to third place in its eight week, with $5.515 million, edging out Sony's The House Bunny with $5.513 million. Rounding out the top ten was Overture Films's Traitor with $4.2 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. Bangkok Dangerous , Lionsgate, $7,783,266, (New); 2. Tropic Thunder, Paramount, $7,230,710, 4 Wks. ($96,541,629); 3. The Dark Knight , Warner Bros., $5,515,119, 8 Wks. ($511,997,658); 4. The House Bunny , Sony, $5,512,870, 3 Wks. ($36,611,667); 5. Traitor, Overture Films, $4,274,297, 2 Wks. ($17,265,872); 6. Babylon A.D. Fox, $4,180,570, 2 Wks. ($17,378,536); 7. Death Race, Universal, $3,710,915, 3 Wks. ($29,909,125); 8. Disaster Movie, Lionsgate, $3,031,307, 2 Wks. ($10,602,140); 9. Mamma Mia!, Universal, $2,855,945, 8 Wks. ($136,440,050); 10. Pineapple Express , Sony, $2,255,875, 5 Wks. ($84,013,748).

09/09/2008