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‘Dark Knight’ Posts $36.4 Million to Lead Sales for 3rd Weekend

Published: August 6, 2012 | 11:52 am
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“The Dark Knight Rises,” the last film in Warner Bros.’ Batman trilogy, led the U.S. and Canadian box office for a third weekend, collecting $36.4 million as news coverage of the shooting at a Colorado theater abated.

“Total Recall,” Sony Corp. (6758)’s remake of the 1990 sci-fi adventure, with Colin Farrell replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role, took in $26 million to place second in its debut, Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” from News Corp. (NWSA) (NWSA), debuted in third place with $14.7 million.

Sales for “The Dark Knight Rises” brought the film’s domestic total to $355 million, Hollywood.com said. Its 2008 predecessor had revenue of almost $400 million after three weeks. The latest Batman film from the Time Warner Inc. (S5MEDA) studio missed forecasts on its first weekend after 12 people were killed and 58 hurt when a gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of the movie in Aurora, Colorado.

Boxoffice.com, an industry website, had predicted weekend sales of $37.5 million for “The Dark Knight Rises.” Box Office Guru, another industry watcher, was forecasting ticket revenue of $31 million.

The film marks the third and final pairing of actor Christian Bale, playing Batman, with director Christopher Nolan, who combined to create the hit franchise for Time Warner. (TWX) (TWX)

Hobbled Batman

In the movie, set eight years after “The Dark Knight,” the second in the series, an aging Bruce Wayne walks with a cane because of his many injuries and is facing financial ruin. He emerges from retirement to fight Bane, a physically and intellectually powerful villain who isolates Gotham City and orchestrates class warfare between the haves and have-nots.

Anne Hathaway stars as Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane. Morgan Freeman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-star.

“Total Recall” features Farrell as a factory worker, Douglas Quaid, who starts to think he is a spy after something goes wrong when he visits a company that gives clients fake memories of a life they would like to lead.

Kate Beckinsale plays his wife, Lori Quaid, replacing Sharon Stone from the original.

Rottentomatoes.com, a website that aggregates commentary from critics, gave the film a 31 percent favorable rating, based on 101 reviews. The site said the film lacked the wry humor of the original. Boxoffice.com was predicting weekend sales of $23 million.

‘Wimpy Kid’

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” marks the third picture in a series of Twentieth Century Fox films based on the best- selling illustrated novels by Jeff Kinney featuring the title character as he navigates middle school.

In the latest installment, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley, played by Zachary Gordon, looking forward to enjoying a leisurely summer, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a country club. Along the way he experiences embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes wrong. Box Office Guru projected sales of $17 million.

Source: Businessweek


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