The Dark Knight leads the box office for the third straight week, trumping Sony’s rebooted “Total Recall” in its weekend debut according to studio estimates. The Len Wiseman-directed film had to settle for second place with $26 million, easily beaten for the top spot by Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, now in its third week, with $36.4 million. That gives “Rises” $354 million domestically and $602 million worldwide so far. The only other studio challenger besides “Recall” was the kid-friendly “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”, which opened in third place with $14.7 million. Apparently there is still an audience for this franchise, because every few years another installment pops up out of the blue.
“Total Recall”, starring Colin Farrell as a futuristic Everyman who realizes he’s not such an Everyman after all, opened to poor reviews. Even worst, the film didn’t so much as suck, as it does, well, not excel. By which I mean, it’s just, you know, nice looking, and it does what it does very well (action, sci-fi, CGI, Kate Beckinsale being totally ridiculously hot, etc), but it just never really, well, wows. I remarked its lack of “epicness” when I saw the first trailer all those many moons ago, and who knew, I was kinda right. The film is too by-the-numbers, extremely competent, but just not very inspired. It certainly did what it was supposed to do — put a nice new coat of paint on the original. But then what? Not much else, alas.
On the bright side for Sony, big-budget sci-fi action movies usually do much better overseas, and “Total Recall” has yet to open outside America’s borders. Fact is, most foreign moviegoers won’t know this is a reboot, and wouldn’t care if they did, so the box office, I think, for the film internationally should be reasonably good. Unfortunately it’s not going to get a whole lot better for “Total Recall” in the States, with the Will Ferrell comedy “The Campaign” and, probably more dangerous for “Recall’s” bottom line, Universal’s “The Bourne Legacy” set to open next week. That foreign box office better be pretty huge, or this reboot is going to go down as a very expensive failed experiment.
Via : Box Office Mojo