The third Batman film from Christopher Nolan stayed on top, beating its biggest challenge yet.
In its third weekend at the box office, The Dark Knight Rises brought in $36.4 million, dropping a further 41.3% from its previous weekend. It’s still trailing behind The Dark Knight by about $40 million from the same point its run with a domestic gross of $354.6 million.
Total Recall opened with a disappointing $26 million off of a $125 million budget, which means things are not going to end well for this remake. Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this … anyone? Anyone?
Coming in fittingly in third was Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 with $14.7 million. This is off from the opening of the previous two films, but it is the first to test the water in the summer months, and with a $22 million budget, there probably isn’t a whole lot of hand wringing at the studio.
Fourth place went to Ice Age: Continental Drift with $8.4 million. It is still trailing Ice Age 3 by a pretty significant amount, and at this late date there is little to no hope of it catching up.
The Ben Stiller/Jonah Hill/Vince Vaughn comedy The Watch dropped to fifth place with a 50.2 percent from last weekend to bring in $6.35 million. Its domestic gross is at $25.3 million, meaning it has next to no shot of making back its $68 million budget in its theatrical run.
The only big release next weekend is Hope Springs, so odds are pretty good the lineup isn’t going to change a whole lot next week.