Mania Box Office Report: Remember Recall? (Mania.com)

By:News Desk
Date: Monday, August 06, 2012
Source: Box Office Mojo

For the third-straight weekend, The Dark Knight Rises easily claimed the top spot at the domestic box office. Meanwhile, both new openers struggled: the Total Recall remake is the latest big-budget, heavily-marketed sci-fi movie to notch an underwhelming debut, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days fell way short of its predecessors. The Top 12 earned an estimated $113.7 million, which is off 28 percent from the same frame last year (when Rise of the Planet of the Apes dominated).

The conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy dipped 41 percent to an estimated $36.4 million in its third weekend in theaters. In comparison, The Dark Knight fell a slightly steeper 43 percent to $42.7 million in its third outing. On Sunday, The Dark Knight Rises passed the $350 million mark, making it the third-fastest movie to reach that level behind The Avengers (10 days) and The Dark Knight (14 days). The movie has now earned $354.6 million, which is $39 million less than its predecessor had made through the same point.

Total Recall opened to an estimated $26 million from 3,601 locations this weekend. That ranks second all-time among Philip K. Dick adaptations behind Minority Report ($35.7 million) but slightly ahead of the original Total Recall ($25.5 million). Unfortunately, the original Recall opened 22 years ago and therefore had substantially higher initial ticket sales. ‚®‚®Distributor Sony Pictures is reporting that the movie's audience was 58 percent male and 53 percent were 30 years of age or older. They awarded the movie a poor "C+" CinemaScore.
 
While it's very early in its run right now, Total Recall's domestic box office situation appears nearly identical to that of May's Battleship. Both movies opened two weeks after a major comic book adaptation (The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises) and earned nearly the same amount ($26 million for Total Recall, $25.5 million for Battleship). Both movies also face stiff competition from sequels in their second weekends: Battleship went up against MIB 3, while Total Recall is set to face The Bourne Legacy. With the "C+" CinemaScore suggesting that word-of-mouth won't be particularly strong, it won't be surprising at all if Total Recall winds up close to Battleship's disappointing $65.2 million total.
 
Rank
Movie
Weekend
Theaters
Average
Total
Budget
1
The Dark Knight Rises
$36,440,000
4,242
$8,590
$354,638,000
$250
2
Total Recall (2012)
$26,000,000
3,601
$7,220
$26,000,000
$125
3
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
$14,700,000
3,391
$4,335
$14,700,000
$22
4
Ice Age: Continental Drift
$8,400,000
3,542
$2,372
$131,863,000
-
5
The Watch
$6,350,000
3,168
$2,004
$25,363,000
$68
6
Ted
$5,479,000
2,767
$1,980
$203,414,000
$50
7
Step Up Revolution
$5,300,000
2,606
$2,034
$23,097,000
$33
8
The Amazing Spider-Man
$4,300,000
2,425
$1,773
$250,640,000
$230
9
Brave
$2,890,000
2,110
$1,370
$223,324,000
$185
10
Magic Mike
$1,380,000
1,202
$1,148
$110,894,000
$7
 

The summer is winding down and this week we’ll see Universal’s fourth installment of the Bourne movies. Can Hawkeye Jeremy Renner keep the franchise going? If it does work, will Matt Damon return for a fifth movie? We’ll know in less than a week.
 



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