Colin Farrell was no match for the Caped Crusader as “The Dark Knight Rises” fended off “Total Recall” to remain #1 at the box office this past weekend.
The final entry in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy took in an estimated $36.4 million to remain in the top spot for a third consecutive weekend. “The Dark Knight Rises” has collected $354.6 million domestically thus far. “Total Recall” debuted at #2 with a soft $26 million.
“The Dark Knight,” which earned Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his role as the Joker, had made about $39 million more than “The Dark Knight Rises” by the same point in its run. Overall ticket sales were down 28 percent versus the same weekend last year, when “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was new in theaters.
“Total Recall,” an expensive remake of the 1990 sci-fi flick, saw Farrell stepping in for Arnold Schwarzenegger. The PG-13 movie also stars Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale, whose husband, Len Wiseman, directed. The movie’s debut was right in line with what industry experts had predicted to MTV News last week .
A year ago, Farrell starred as a suburban vampire in the remake of the 1985 campy cult classic “Fright Night,” which collected just $18 million on opening weekend. While that film at least enjoyed mostly positive reviews, “Total Recall” was dismissed by most critics. USA Today called it “soulless, bombastic and numbingly repetitive.”
Meanwhile, the third entry in a very different franchise followed: The children-friendly “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” was #3 with $14.7 million. The movie’s opening was far less than the opening numbers for the two previous entries, all of them based on the book series by Jeff Kinney.
Two summer hits celebrated domestic milestones over the weekend: “The Amazing Spider-Man” crossed the $250 million mark, while “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated comedy “Ted” has officially made more than $200 million. The Spidey reboot has made less than “Spider-Man 3″ had at the same point (even with the benefit of pricier 3-D ticket sales) but has still collected nearly $700 million worldwide, which is plenty for Sony to move forward with the sequel.
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