Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises has pulled off the three-peat, grossing $36.4 million to remain at number one at the box office for the third week in a row. It didn’t have much competition this weekend, and has now pulled in a grand total of $354.6 million domestically after 17 days. Meanwhile, the film has brought in $378.4 million internationally, for a $733 million cumulative worldwide. The film’s chances at going over the billion dollar mark seem likely at this rate. The biggest competition the Caped Crusader had this weekend was Sony’s Total Recall ($26 million) remake, and after Joey’s less than encouraging 2-star review, I steered clear of the film altogether, as did many others it seems. Let’s all hope that Recall star Colin Farrell’s next film, Seven Psychopaths, gives us a much bigger reason to head to the theatres.
Fox held down spots 3-5, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ($14.7 million), which came in third and which Michael felt was as irrelevant as the first two films in his 2-star review. Ice Age: Continental Drift ($8.4 million) and The Watch ($6.4 million) rounded out the top five spots. The Watch has now made only $25.4 million after two weekends in theatres, which doesn’t bode so well for Fox, as the film had a $68 million budget.
On another note, Ted, the Mark Wahlberg/stuffed bear buddy flick somehow went over the $200 million mark this weekend, so like any other successful film, a sequel can be expected.
Box office review recap:
1. The Dark Knight Rises – $36.4 million
2. Total Recall – $26.0 million
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – $14.7 million
4. Ice Age: Continental Drift – $8.4 million
5. The Watch – $6.4 million