Step-sibling rivalry was at its finest as "Step Brothers" battled its way to finish second at the box office this weekend.

While unable to knock over "The Dark Knight," the Will Ferrell/John C. Reilly comedy was a hit with $30 million over the last three days.

Brennan Huff (Ferrell) is a 39-year-old who has never left home and lives with his divorced mother, Nancy Huff (Mary Steenburgen).

Dale Doback (Reilly) is a 40-year-old who also has never left home and lives with his widower father, Dr. Robert Doback (Richard Jenkins).

Both of them are unemployed and have been living off the goodness of their parents their whole lives.

Well, that comes to an end as Nancy meets Robert, discover passion between them, fall in love, marry and move into Robert's house -- all within the first 10 minutes of this film. No sense in wasting time, eh?

This means their sons are forced to live together in the same room as stepbrothers.

Brennan and Dale initially hate each other, but find out that they are not too different. They are like 12-year-olds trapped in adult bodies who haven't grown up and live in their own little worlds.

They become best friends when they discover that they have a common enemy, which is Brennan's brother Derek (Adam Scott), a pompous real estate know-it-all who thinks he has the perfect family. In fact, the family sing-along to Guns N Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine" is classic.

Robert takes a quick liking to Derek, in hopes that Brennan and Dale would get their acts together like Derek. However, their time spent hanging out in a tree house and reading smut magazines isn't scoring points with Robert.

Fed up with their tomfoolery, Robert decides he wants to kick them out so he and Nancy can go sailing and live their own lives.

Giving the boys 30 days to find jobs and move out, Robert even sets up job interviews for them, in an effort to get them out on their own.

Just knowing that Ferrell and Reilly would be teaming again for "Step Brothers" after their success in "Talladega Nights" a few summers ago, there was no denying this film would be funny.

The chemistry between them, moving on from rival race car drivers to rival siblings, is at its best. Not only are the verbal exchanges crude and shocking, the physical comedy is fantastic.

Ferrell more than willingly shares the laughs with Reilly, even though he could easily overpower him. They trade off so well, and those of you with siblings could probably relate to what they are going through.

Not only are their own separate worlds shaken from their norm, but being combined together out of their parents' wedlock is a shock to their systems. Dale not wanting Brennan to touch his stuff, including his drum set, only sets up for one shocking scene that had the entire theater in stitches.

Steenburgen and Jenkins could only sit and deliver stunned looks after witnessing the chaos that Ferrell and Reilly put themselves through in his film.

While it is obvious that it is Ferrell and Reilly who carry this film, there is one other person who continuously steals scenes whenever she appears: Derek's wife, Alice (Kathryn Hahn), who isn't happy being the perfect wife to him and shows some serious lust toward Dale. The scenes when they are together are hilarious.

Scott is dead-on as Derek, the obnoxious better brother to Brennan. You easily love to hate this guy, and you wait to see who'll punch him square in the head, and it does happen.

Don't expect a huge plot beyond the fact that they are stepbrothers looking to one-up each other. Just enjoy the laughs and don't try and anticipate what will be said. The verbal exchanges are fast, furious and crude beyond belief.

Every family should have a set of "Step Brothers" like this, as it provides three and a half out of four stars worth of comedy at any given moment.

"Step Brothers" is rated R for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language. Running time is 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Last week's No. 1 film continues to shatter box office records, as "The Dark Knight" passed the $300 million mark in just 10 days while maintaining the top spot.

It is slowly creeping up on "Iron Man" as the blockbuster movie of the summer, as less than $700,000 separate them.

"The Dark Knight" grossed $75.6 million in its second full weekend, pushing its total to $314.3 million, which surpassed the 2006 record set by "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which took 16 days to make $300 million.

Industry experts are predicting that "The Dark Knight" could reach $400 million in approximately 18 days, which would beat the record "Shrek 2" set in 2004, as it reached that mark in 43 days.

After that, it is possible that "The Dark Knight" could even topple "Titanic" as the highest-grossing film in U.S. history, which made $600,788,188, a record that no other film has come close to reaching.

Falling from No. 3 to No. 6 is Sony Pictures' "Hancock," as it surpassed the $200 million mark this past month by adding $8.2 million this weekend.

Dropping one spot from No. 6 to No. 7 is Disney/Pixar's "WALL-E" with $6.3 million. During its five-week run, the film has earned $195.2 million.

Universal Pictures' "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" fell from the top five to No. 8 with $4.9 million -- its three-week run now at $65.9 million.

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Dennis J. Wright can be reached at dwright@phoenixvillenews.com.

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