Weekend box office: The Dark Knight Rises holds off Total Recall and Wimpy Kid

Weekend box office: Total Recall can't beat The Dark Knight Rises

A few months ago, Sony decided to push back TOTAL RECALL one week in order to avoid getting destroyed by THE DARK KNIGHT RISES at the weekend box office.  At the time, I think everyone thought it was a smart move, even if they figured the remake had no chance of dethroning the third Batman film.  But a lot has happened since then and it was a very real possibility that TOTAL RECALL could actually beat THE DARK KNIGHT RISES this weekend.  But it wasn’t meant to be.  Apparently, America was just as disinterested as the critics were to see a remake of a film that most people thought was unnecessary.  The film wasn’t even able to crack $30 million and had to settle for a distant second behind Batman.  The other new movie of the weekend was the third film in the Wimpy Kid series, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS, which managed a decent third place finish.

Next week sees the release of THE BOURNE LEGACY and THE CAMPAIGN.  I have virtually no interest in seeing THE CAMPAIGN, mainly because every trailer and TV spot features Will Ferrell punching a baby and if that’s the funniest part of the movie, it’s going to be a long 90 minutes.  As for THE BOURNE LEGACY, I’ve been vocal about my disapproval of Universal doing a Bourne movie without Matt Damon, so it will be interesting to see if America agrees with me.  This is a big movie for Jeremy Renner, since it will be his first big budget film he’ll be carrying on his own.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Dark Knight Rises $36.4m

2. Total Recall $26m

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days $14.7m

4. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift $8.4m

5. The Watch $6.3m

6. Ted $5.5m

7. Step Up Revolution $5.3m

8. The Amazing Spider-Man $4.3m

9. Brave $2.8m

10. Magic Mike $1.4m

(Deadline)

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