Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” may have been in the news for all the wrong reasons last week, but this week, it’s all good. In its second week of release, the comic book movie maintained its hold on the box office with a $64 million take, easily beating back two new studio newcomers, the sci-fi comedy “The Watch” with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn and the latest entry in the increasingly ridiculously “Step Up” dance movies, “Step Up: Revolution”. “Rises”, the third and final Batman film in Nolan’s trilogy, has now totaled $289 million domestically and $537 million worldwide in two weeks of release.
Newcomer “The Watch” opened in third place, just barely squeaking losing out on the second spot to animated sequel “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, which maintained its position behind “Rises” with $13.3 million, besting “The Watch’s” $13 million, according to studio estimates. The third place opening is disappointing for a film like “The Watch”, which boasts the comedic trio of Stiller, Vaughn, and Jonah Hill in the cast. The film was budgeted at $68 million, and it’s looking like a rare flop for Stiller, whose comedies have always done well. Last year’s “Tower Heist”, for example, despite horrendous reviews, still managed to do $152 million worldwide.
The fact that “The Watch” barely beat out fellow newcomer “Step Up Revolution” for the third spot is also nothing to crow about. The ludicrous dancing movie, about teenagers who engage in flash mobs to win a YouTube content (before realizing, gosh, maybe their dancing can change the world, too!), opened in fourth place with $11.8 million. The franchise has come a long way. The fourth movie, despite lacking any recognizable stars (unless you’re in the niche group of teens that spend all their time watching dance movies and dance TV show competitions), still somehow ended up costing $33 million. Obviously much of that was due to the film’s elaborate 3D dancing sequences. Either that, or Peter Gallagher’s bushy eyebrows are demanding a bigger salary than usual these days.
While the drop from week one to week two for “The Dark Knight Rises” was expected (it happens all the time for heavily anticipated films that are front-loaded for the first week), the fact that not every fan ended up seeing it last week, but decided to wait in the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting might mean there are still people who will end up seeing the film at a later date. That’s probably not something Sony wants to hear, though; the studio is readying their reboot of “Total Recall” for next week. I suspect the Len Wiseman-directed film will have a bigger fight on its hands for #1, even against a film like “Rises”, which will be in its third week by then.
Via : Box Office Mojo