Weekend Box Office: 'Dark Knight' Rises to Top, 'The Watch' Weak

Any talk of box office numbers was withheld last weekend, out of respect for the victims of the Aurora shooting. The shadow still lingers over the box office this weekend, as many moviegoers reported feeling too nervous to go to theaters after the tragedy.

Nonetheless, the numbers were not as bad as they could have been in this, the weekend after the shooting. "The Dark Knight Rises" fell about 60% to land at $65 million on the weekend, recovering after a slow Friday due to the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The domestic cumulative total for "TDKR" now stands at about $290 million, and worldwide the movie is nearing the $500 million mark. It remains the fastest-paced non-3D movie in history in terms of box office grosses.

"The Watch" did not fare as well, earning a weak $13.3 million over the weekend, despite sporting an all-star comedic cast including Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn. Abysmal reviews probably didn't help: the movie stands at just 14% on Rotten Tomatoes.

That was just enough to beat "Ice Age: Continental Drift" however, as the animated four-quel in the "Ice Age" series earned about $13.2 million for a cume of $114.8 mil over three weeks.

The weekend's other big opener, "Step Up Revolution," was also very weak, having to deal not only with the Olympics, but with the gargantuan "The Dark Knight Rises" as well, not to mention unease among audiences. The dance flick earned $11.8 million, less than the $15.8 million earned in the first weekend by "Step Up 3" and continuing a downward trend for the franchise despite the introduction of 3D with the third movie ("Step Up 2: The Streets" earned about $18 million, while the original "Step Up" opened to around $20 mil). However, the movie cost only $33 million to make, so it could still turn a decent profit.

Rounding out the top five was "Ted," which continues to impress with another $7.4 million in its fifth weekend. That puts the cume for the R-rated raunch comedy at $193.7 million, putting the movie on pace to pass $200 million sometime within the next week or so. Expect more feature films from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane in the future.

  1. "The Dark Knight Rises" - $65 million ($290M)
  2. "The Watch" - $13.3 million
  3. "Ice Age: Continental Drift" - $13.2 million ($114.8M)
  4. "Step Up Revolution" - $11.8 million
  5. "Ted" - $7.4 million