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Mania Box Office Report: Remember Recall?

The Dark Knight Continues to Rise

By News Desk     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. â¨â¨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.
The Dark Knight Rises
Total Recall (2012)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Ice Age: Continental Drift
The Watch
Step Up Revolution
The Amazing Spider-Man
Magic Mike

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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Hookedonavengers2012 8/6/2012 12:10:59 AM

 Can Hawkeye help bring the Bat down? muuuaaagghhhh muuuuaaaaggghhhhhhhh....

gopherblaster 8/6/2012 5:03:29 AM

 Not good for Total Recall. No chance next week either.

Dazzler 8/6/2012 5:10:40 AM

I saw Total Rekal.  Not sure why they did not name it that since it was spelled differently in movie. 

With a few small changes they could have had it's own orginal movie with story.  Visually great movie.

I can't believe they slammed obama that way in the movie also.  *minor spoiler*  He caused the global  chemical war with others they showed on some paper money.  Assuming he got a 2nd term of course which is REAL science fiction.  It's nice to see movie makers take a chance politically like that. 

Hobbs 8/6/2012 5:23:47 AM

Tried to see Recall this weekend but was too busy.  Their biggest mistake was hiring Ferrel as the lead. His star had fallen about 6 years ago so why on Earth put him in a big budget movie as the lead?

They slammed obama in the movie?  Cool...though I find it funny you libs that have a problem with it don't have a problem when Hollywood slams a conservative but hey, in my lifetime I've learned libs have a double standard. Do as I say, not as I do.

If early reviews for Bourne are good, it will knock Batman off the top spot next week.

MrEt 8/6/2012 5:24:14 AM

Went to see total recall and it is a shame that a movie about life on mars was more believeable than the remake on earth, and just like in Bats why do plots become so #^((!#&  stupid whenever there is a bomb with a count down timmer????

As for the box office total it is not all that surprising, and for those interested in the totals TDKR made 354 mil in 17 days, The Avengers made 457 in the same time. that should be close enough for your 20 day total HOA

monkeyfoot 8/6/2012 7:06:37 AM

Saw Total Recall. It was basically the same as the original in plot and even many scenes with a little Bourne Identity thrown in. If I were a filmmaker I wouldn't have done it unless I could have done something different with the story.

Production Design and FX were fantastic. I felt like I wanted to explore those cities the same way  I would in Blade Runner. Action scenes were great as well.

Nothing special about the acting.While with Matt Damon in the Bourne movies I identified and lived the story through his feelings. Colin Farrell for me, however just seem to read the lines and do the movements. Probably a problem in acting style and director's execution.

My bottom line: It's a great looking FX blowt-stuf-up-reel-guud action flick with no depth in story or action. If that's what you want you shouldn't be disappointed.



Dazzler, Hobbs I didn't see or hear any digs at Obama. Was it in the dialogue? I only saw the Obama cash and thought that they might get some people mad at them and they should have also had some Reagan money mixed in there, too.


karas1 8/6/2012 7:21:36 AM

I saw the Batman film yesterday.  It really delivered.  Perhaps it didn't fall so much because, due to the shooting, people who wanted to see the movie decided to wait a few weeks for the furor to die down.  Like me.

DarthoftheDead 8/6/2012 8:47:52 AM

Rat's!!!!!!! Foiled again, lol!!!!

Bourne better live up to his reputation, lol!!!!

The perfect assasin getting beaten by a Man dressed like a flying rodent has got to be embarrassing, lol!

millean 8/6/2012 9:32:01 AM

Hobbs, you said it man, with regards to the liberal/conservative slamming.  None of it (either way) really has a place in the entertainment business, if you ask me.

Haven't seen TR yet, but might at some point.  Honestly, from the reviews I'm hearing, I'd probably go see Bats again before TR.  Maybe this (pseudo) Bourne flick will be worthwhile.   Been slammed with work, and it doesn't look to let up until a deadline the 2nd weekend in September.  Will be nice to have a life again...


shac2846 8/6/2012 9:51:21 AM

 As much as I hate to admit it I think Bourne Legacy will knock batman down. Bourne Legacy has been on my watch list so really looking forward to it. I think the week after that is Expendables 2. Money is flying out of my pocket on these movies this year. 

karas1 glad you got to see TDKR.  

In the article Yahoo did on their box office report this weekend they said movie studios have hired research firms to see if the shooting is having and effect on box office and if it will in the coming months. Turns out it has. Twenty percent of the people who were surveyed by the firms said they were to scared or depressed about going to the movie theatre. I know TDKR wasn't going to beat Avengers but it would have been nice to see how much it would have made without the tragedy. Oh well. It was a good flick to me, that's all that matters. 

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