Box Office News: ‘Total Recall’ Can’t Topple ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

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CHICAGO – “The Dark Knight Rises” held the top spot at the domestic box office for the third straight week, fending off newcomers “Total Recall” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” with relative ease. Neither newcomer made much of a dent at all but “TDKR” should fall next week to “The Bourne Legacy.”

In international news, “The Dark Knight Rises” is up $733 million worldwide, not that far from the $1 billion made by 2008’s “The Dark Knight” and already the second-highest grossing film worldwide of the year (following “The Avengers” at the 3rd-highest-ever $1.46 billion).

Finally, if you’re curious about a comparison with the new releases. The original “Total Recall” opened with $25.5 million in 1990 on its way to $119 million total, a peak that the new film surely won’t hit (and, keep in mind, those are 1990 dollars). The remake is a disappointment. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” fell victim to the law of diminishing returns as well, opening significantly less than the first two films in the series, which were closer to $23 million.

This weekend sees an interesting array of new releases including “The Bourne Legacy,” “The Campaign,” and “Hope Springs.”

1. The Dark Knight Rises — $35.7 million — down 43% — $353.9 million total
2. Total Recall — $25.6 million — new
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days — $14.6 million — new
4. Ice Age: Continental Drift — $8.6 million — down 36% — $132.1 million
5. The Watch — $6.5 million — down 49% — $25.5 million
6. Ted — $5.6 million — down 23% — $203.6 million
7. Step Up: Revolution — $5.3 million — down 55% — $23.1 million
8. The Amazing Spider-man — $4.4 million — down 34% — $250.7 million
9. Brave — $3 million — down 31% — $223.4 million
10. Magic Mike — $1.4 million — down 46% — $110.9 million

Source: Box Office Mojo content director Brian Tallerico

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