Now I just feel bad for Colin Farrell… Because it looks like he ran into a buzz-saw.
1. The Dark Knight Rises – $36.4 ($354.6 total)
Batman continues to hold on to the top spot. Last week I predicted a high-$30/low-$40 million take for the finale of Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy, and I wasn’t too far off with that. The $350+ total thus far puts it well on track to pass up The Hunger Games‘$406 million cume. Again, it’s nowhere near the final take of The Avengers (which went over $600 million) but when all is said and done, it’s going to be an extremely lucrative series for Warner Brothers and Nolan, especially. It’s run at #1 is probably over with The Bourne Legacy hitting theaters next weekend, but expect it to hang around the Top 5 throughout August.
2. Total Recall – $26.0 (first week)
Well I guess we’ve learned that almost anything is able to be remade but one thing that maybe shouldn’t be remade is a classic action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Even though the trailers were quite good, the Len Wiseman-directed flick managed just a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes, a death sentence for its potential word-of-mouth. I’ll put it this way: I was intrigued by the remake and even had a day off today, but I chose to avoid the film because of the poor reviews, figuring a rental will work for me. I can’t be the only one. And when you throw in the $125 million budget,things are not looking good for Colin… maybe he should stick to the supporting cast position (see: Horrible Bosses, In Bruges).
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – $14.7 (first week)
The combination of opening in the most screens for the series and scoring the lowest opening yet is not a good one for the adolescent film. Dog Days will surely make back its budget (a mere $22 million) but it won’t sniff the $50-60 million window that the first two films found itself in. Related note… There’s three of these movies?!?! Moving on…
4. Ice Age: Continental Drift – $8.4 ($131.9 total)
The prehistoric animated animals continue to trudge forward slowly, heaping more money onto it’s worldwide total that now exceeds $700 million. Like I’ve said before, the fifth film will be here in just a matter of a few years. Fox has no reason not to.
5. The Watch – $6.4 ($25.4 total)
The bomb continues to, well, explode. I think this is worst for Vince Vaughn. This will mark two straight films of his to not make $50 million over its run (following in the footsteps of last year’s horrid-looking The Dilemma). He is going to need next year’s re-teaming with Owen Wilson called The Internship (plot summary: Two recently laid-off men in their forties, try to make it as interns at a successful Internet company where their managers are in their twenties) to score big with critics and audiences alike, otherwise times might get tough for the potentially “former” funnyman.
6. Ted – $5.5 ($203.4 total)
Crossing the $200 million mark, Ted now stands as the fifth highest grossing R-rated comedy of All-Time, and by the end of next weekend, it should pass up Wedding Crashers to become #4 (only behind both Hangovers and Beverly Hills Cop). The impressive keeps getting more impressive. I guess the only question is when we can expect the next feature film from Seth Macfarlane…
7. Step Up: Revolution – $5.3 ($23.1 total)
A predictable drop for the dance flick, but the 54% drop from last week was the biggest drop of the weekend, and that’s probably a disappointment for the filmmakers. Maybe audiences just wanted to see more dancing and less revolution, but that’s just a theory.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man – $4.3 ($250.6 total)
Spidey continues to hang in the Top 10 and crosses the $250 mark. It also sits comfortably in the 4th spot for the year 2012, although it does have a couple heavy hitters coming up in the last quarter of the year (I’m looking at you Skyfall, The Hobbit, and, sadly, Twilight).
9. Brave – $2.9 ($223.3 total)
Another film that keeps hanging around longer than I’d thought. Good for Pixar. It’s still not a huge hit (it rests at 9th All-Time for Pixar, although it will pass Wall-E to become the 8th highest out of 13 films) but at least it didn’t completely disappoint.
10. Magic Mike – $1.4 ($110.9 total)
Channing Tatum continues to bring in the moolah. My only question is this: How much MORE money would it have made if the audience would have been able to pay him in person, and more specifically, with singles?
As I’ve said before, next week marks the release of The Bourne Legacy, a smartly created sideways quasi-sequel to the fantastically underrated Bourne Identity trilogy. While I don’t think that it will meet the openings of the second or third films in the series ($52 million and $69 million respectively) I think it should get to $40 million because of its brand and how it looks to have creatively added to this series. I know I’ll be in the theater next weekend supporting Jeremy Renner… will you?
Until next week!