Even faced with two new releases over the weekend, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ managed to stay on top of the box office for a third straight week, raking in $36.4 million. The conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s version of the ‘Batman’ story is now the third-quickest film to reach the $350 million mark, behind only ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ (so far, TDKR has raked in $354.6 million). While it’s trailing ‘The Dark Knight’ in numbers, those are still good figures for the film, and the weekend haul was enough to keep TDKR on top even with two new widespread releases.
‘Total Recall’, meanwhile, opened to rather poor reviews in second place, pulling in only $26 million. It doesn’t look like the word of mouth is going to be very good for this film and the early numbers hint it might not come anywhere close to remaking its $125 million budget.
‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days’ opened in third with $14.7 million. Compared to the film’s $22 million budget, that’s not that bad; but compared to the openings for the last two films in the franchise—$22.1 million and $23.8 million, respectively–that’s not so good, either.
‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ slipped to fourth place with $8.4 million. So far the movie has raked in $131.9 million, which is a good number but nonetheless far lower than expected. Finally, ‘The Watch’ landed in fifth place with $6.35 million on its second weekend out—a 50% drop from opening weekend. Despite having big stars, the R-rated comedy seems destined to bottom out rather quickly, much like the summer’s other big R-rated dud, ‘That’s My Boy’.