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The Dark Knight Treads Water; Total Recall A Fuzzy Memory - Week 14

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
The Amazing Spider-Man
Brave
Ted
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Total Recall
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Neighborhood Watch

Much like Inception and The Dark Knight before it, Christopher Nolan movies have been known to hang on at the top of the box-office while other late-summer offerings waste away in their own weak sauce. After averting eyes from The Watch last weekend (and for that we can all be thankful), Batman has now Batwinged Total Recall to retain the #1 spot in theaters for a third straight week. Bruce Wayne may need a new device from Lucius Fox if they hope to hold-off the new "not" Jason Bourne movie next week, but for now to the victor goes the great TV reception in a subterranean prison in the remote Middle East.

Not only did The Dark Knight Rises stay atop the domestic box-office with $36.4 million, it's descent fell back to a soothing 40% decline. While there's little chance the film can reach the heights of The Dark Knight, Rising to somewhere in the range of a $450 million total should be more than sufficient to become the biggest superhero trilogy of all-time.

That said, it's still probably closer than some people think. The three Sam Raimi helmed Spider-Man movies collected around $1.115 billion ($404 for Green Goblin, $374 million for Dr. Octopus, and $337 million for Mary Jane singing lead in a Broadway musical). Spotting The Dark Knight Rises with an eventual $450 million total gives the Nolan Knights a $1.188 billion total (with $205 million for Katie Holmes and $533 million for Maggie Gyllenhaal). A victory to be sure, perhaps even a Dark Victory, yet not quite the Bam! Wow! Pow! you'd expect after the massive totals of the last two films.

The unsuccessful trend of mining Arnold Schwarzenegger films without Schwarzenegger continued this week with Total Recall. The glass half-full side could say the $26 million debut topped Arnie's debut in 1990 by $500,000. The glass half-empty side will say the $25.5 million start for the original Total Recall was the biggest opening weekend for all of 1990 (barely ahead of the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $25.4 million start. What tha?! T-U-R-T-L-E Power indeed.) So, to truly compare the two, Arnie's version had the #1 weekend the year of its release. Collin Farrell's version is roughly $180 million behind the #1 weekend of 2012. Let's hope Sony can get someone to implant a different memory from this weekend.

20th Century Fox gambled that taking it's minor hit spring franchise, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, to the crowded summer season would work especially given its summer-themed Dog Days movie. Apparently the only thing kids are less interested in than reading books in the summer is in seeing movies based on them. The third flick in the series peed $14.7 million in the pool, which was more than a third off what the previous two films had achieved. Granted, the films are made on the cheap so it's not a huge blow to the bottom line. However, if the plan was to get through all of the books, this is not the way J.K. Rowling would've written it.

The Top Five remains the same this week, though Ted continues to creep his way up to Madagascar 3. Could the Teddy Ruxpin wannabe also have Brave in his sights? Maybe Merida's not the only one looking to change their fate this season.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. The Avengers - $616.8 million
#2. The Dark Knight Rises - $354.6 million
#3. The Amazing Spider-Man - $250.6 million
#4. Brave - $223.3 million
#5. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - $210.8 million





by Matt Neuenburg on 08/06/2012

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Brave, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Neighborhood Watch, Ted, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Total Recall
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