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Dark Knight Still Rules US Box Office
Total Recall doesn't get to the party

06 August 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Dark Knight Still Rules US Box Office

Troubled superheroes dominated their amnesiac sci-fi counterparts at the US box office this weekend, with The Dark Knight Rises continuing to captivate US moviegoers to the tune of $36.4m and Total Recall fizzling with a disappointing $26m.

Len Wiseman's Philip K. Dick redo, heading this side of the Pond at the end of August, came in at the lower end of its studio's predictions. Strangely, but perhaps fittingly for a movie about a man's struggles to escape the past, it shared an almost identical opening to Schwarzenegger's 1990 blockbuster, albeit a lot less flattering when you considering pesky factors like inflation.

The Olympics and continuing fall-out from the Aurora massacre made it a disappointing few days at the movies: 25% down on the corresponding weekend in 2011. But despite the rival attractions of other superheroes like Michael Phelps, Batman continued to post big numbers. The Dark Knight Rises cruised past $350m during its third week of release, becoming the third fast movie to do so behind The Avengers and The Dark Knight.

The week's other big release, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, made a disappointing $14.7 million, an opening weekend dip of about $7m on its two Wimpy predecessors

Head over to Box Office Mojo for the full rundown.


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Your Comments

RE: Shouldn't Have Called It Total Recall
I don't see how you can suggest that Diary Of A Wimpy Kid3 is a flop yes it hasn't done the business of the 1st 2 but it still only cost $22m to make & is already 3/4s of the way to making it's money back in it's opening weekend which is hardly the sign of a flop. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:06 on 08 August 2012 | Report This Post

Shouldn't Have Called It Total Recall
Wouldn't have minded a new adaptation of "We Can Remember It...." but by calling their movie Total Recall, they were very much marketing themselves on the shoulders of someone else's movie. They're saying THIS is Total Recall, as if it didn't work the worst time around and they're improving the formula. Such exercises seem somewhat insulting to makers of the original- a movie which is beloved by many. Hollywood would do well to stop giving their remakes the same name as the original. More

Posted by Ciaran McNulty at 13:37 on 07 August 2012 | Report This Post

Get your ass to the original..
Glad to hear Recall 2012 is flopping.It was a bad idea to remake a classic Arnie flick ( Especially with Colin bleedin Farrell ). More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 16:23 on 06 August 2012 | Report This Post

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