The Dark Knight Rises took the top spot of the box office again for the third straight weekend. The third Christopher Nolan Batman movie made $36.4 million according to studio estimates. It managed to get $354.6 million since it was released July 20.
Its opening weekend was marred by the shooting in Aurora, Colorado that killed 12 people and wounded 58 others. Some insiders speculated that last weekend’s drop of 60 percent compared to its opening overshadowed the real tragedy.
This weekend, The Dark Knight Rises got a 41 percent drop compared to its last week numbers. They see it as a sign that word of mouth has been attracting moviegoers to it. Some call it a good rebound from last weekend’s big drop. The third of Nolan’s Batman trilogy is behind the pace of The Dark Knight, which made $533 million.
The Olympics is said to be a box office drain but it has little effect on the movie’s box office haul. Analysts said that the Olympic Games’ effect was felt last week due to the opening ceremony. But The Dark Knight Rises manages to stay get more moviegoers.
Total Recall, the sci-fi remake, got second place with $26 million. This is $2 million below estimates made by the studio. Critics said that the movie was forgettable. 31 percent of critics recommended it and only 56 percent of fans liked it according to Rotten Tomatoes.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days made $14.7 million, which met most of the modest estimates. 81 percent of moviegoers liked it and 50 percent of critics recommended it according to Rotten Tomatoes.
The animated feature Ice Age: Continental Drift came in fourth with $8.4 million. It was followed by the comedy The Watch with $6.4 million. The final figures of the box office are set to be released Monday.