The Dark Knight Rises, Facebook and more on this week’s Android app charts

The top of the Android charts were once again dominated by apps we’ve seen in previous weeks, namely DeNA’s card-battle game Rage of Bahamut, which refuses to budge from the No. 1 spot in the top grossing chart. The very top free apps are also still mostly official Google apps like YouTube, Gmail and Street View. Rovio’s Amazing Alex dropped down the list for the first time since it was released, while Gameloft once again made an impressive debut with a game based on a movie license, The Dark Knight Rises.

This Week’s top grossing Android apps

The Dark Knight Rises — We begin our roundup of this week’s top grossing Android apps at the No. 11 spot with Gameloft’s The Dark Knight Rises, the mobile game based on the final movie in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The game’s debut is impressive considering the relatively high $6.99 price tag. The Dark Knight Rises is one of the many high production value games that contributed to Gameloft’s very profitable quarter.

Paradise Island — At the No. 18 spot is Game Insight’s Paradise Island, a tropical island themed city building game.

Angry Birds Space — Coming in at the No. 25 spot is Rovio’s Angry Birds Space, the followup to the most successful mobile game of all time, Angry Birds. Like the original, in Angry Birds Space players solve physics based puzzles by launching the birds at different structures. The game was last updated on July 26. It is currently free to download, and has been installed more than 10 million times.

Defender II — At the No. 27 spot is DroidHen’s Defender II, a free tower defense game that’s been installed more than a million times.

Dark Summoner — Closing off our list of this week’s top grossing Android apps is Ateam Inc’s Dark Summoner, which comes in at the No. 30 spot. Dark Summoner is a free monster battle game. The game has been downloaded more than 100,000 times since it was first released on Google Play. It was last updated on July 23 with minor bug fixes.

This week’s top free Android apps

YouTube — Google’s YouTube app once again comes in at the No. 1 spot on this week’s list of top free Android apps.

Facebook — Coming in at the No. 3 spot is Facebook’s official mobile app for Android. The app allows users to keep up with their friends on the social network, message, play games and share videos and photos. Facebook had its first earnings call today as a publicly traded company, during which they stressed the importance of mobile in the company’s future. The app is free to download. It’s been installed more than 100 million times since it was first released.

Instagram — At the No. 13 spot is Instagram, the image sharing network that is currently in the process of being acquired by Facebook for a billion dollars.

Go SMS Pro — Coming at the No. 28 spot is Go Dev Team’s Go SMS Pro app, which offers users a comprehensive set of tools that modify and improve their SMS or MMS experience. Go SMS Pro allows users to modify the interface, schedule messages and send their handwriting. The app has been downloaded more than 10 million times since it was first released. It was last updated with various fixes and optimizations.

Fruit Ninja Free —  Our final pick for this week’s top free Android apps is Halfbrick Studios’s Fruit Ninja Free. This free version of the popular, gesture based game comes in at the No. 30 spot.

This Week’s top paid Android apps

Amazing Alex — Rovio’s new non-Angry Birds title Amazing Alex dropped down the charts for the first time since it was released two weeks ago, from the No. 3 spot to the No. 4 spot. The game has been installed at least 100,000 times so far, but it remains to be seen whether Amazing Alex will perform even nearly as well as Rovio’s Angry Birds. The game was last updated on July 23 to address some minor issues. Amazing Alex is currently priced at $0.99.

Draw Something– At the No. 9 spot is OMGPOP’s popular game Draw Something, which plays like an online version of pictonary.  The game is currently priced at $2.99.

Poweramp — Coming in at the No. 14 spot is Max MP’s paid version of Poweramp. Users can buy this application to unlock features that are blocked in the trial version. Poweramp is a music player app which allows users to tune settings like bass and treble and create different presets to accommodate headphones, stereos and any other system the device can be plugged into. The app is currently priced at $4.99. It’s been downloaded more than 500,000 times since it was first released.

Riptide GP — Coming in at the No. 29 spot Vector Unit’s Riptide GP, a jet ski racing game currently priced at $1.99.

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline — Finally, closing off our list of this week’s top paid Android apps is Gameloft’s Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, a car racing game which comes in at the No. 48 spot. The game is currently priced at $0.99. Asphalt is one of Gameloft’s most successful franchises. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline was installed on more than 500,000 devices since it was first released.