Weekend Box Office: 'Total Recall' Dropped by 'Dark Knight Rises'by: Posted:
Some heroes are too mighty to fall, even when faced with a three-breasted hooker. "The Dark Knight Rises" was still the top movie in the country at the box office this weekend, earning an estimated $36.4 million for a total of $354.6 over the past three weekends.
That means that new opener "Total Recall" fell a little short of Sony's box office hopes, coming in second place with about $26 million over the weekend. The studio was hoping for more around $30 million, but either way the pic is in trouble: it cost about $150 million to make, and will not likely reach that number. Considering that it's a big sci-fi movie and a remake, that's disappointing for the studios... but hopefully it also means that Hollywood will start easing up on the remakes.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" opened to just $14.5 million, a downtick for the series as the first two movies each opened north of $20 million. However, the movie was made very cheaply at just $22 million and will easily be another profitable film for Fox, especially considering the positive audience feedback.
Another kid-friendly film took fourth place, as "Ice Age: Continental Drift" is still holding on with another $8 million for a cumulative total of $131.5 million. That bumps the unfortunate "The Watch" into fifth place, as the R-rated comedy earned just $6.3 million in its second weekend for a measly two-week cume of $25.3 million.
- "The Dark Knight Rises" - $36.4 million ($354.6M)
- "Total Recall" - $26 million
- "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" - $14.5 million
- "Ice Age: Continental Drift" - $8 million ($131.5M)
- "The Watch" - $6.3 million ($25.3M)