The Dark Knight Rises Tops Box Office Third Straight Weekend

Two new movies entered the marketplace in wide release and two more movies fell far behind the biggest movie of the late summer as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.) remained on top for the third weekend in a row with roughly $36 million. Despite a big 60% drop in its second weekend, it held out better in its third weekend, being down just 41%, and so far it’s grossed $354 million domestically, making it the third-highest grossing movie of the year. $5.7 million of this weekend was made in IMAX theaters bringing its domestic IMAX total to $48 million. Worldwide, The Dark Knight Rises has now earned $733 million.

The movie expected to give The Dark Knight Rises some sort of competition was director Len (Underworld) Wiseman’s sci-fi action-thriller remake Total Recall (Sony), starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston, but after an opening day of $9.1 million, it ended up opening in second place with an estimated $26 million in 3,601 theaters. According to Sony, the audience for the movie was 58% male and 53% over 30, although the C+ CinemaScore it received does not bode well for legs domestically. The movie reportedly cost $150 million to make.

Total Recall fared slightly better overseas where it opened in 12 Asian markets including India, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore, all where it took the top spot, bringing in $6.2 million in those countries. (Of interest is that the original name of one of the impoverished and overcrowded section of earth called “New Asia” was changed to “The Colony” possibly to not offend Sony’s Asian markets.)

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