The Superhero pic earns $36.4-M in its 3rd weekend, Sony’s “Total Recall” remake took in $26-M on the open; Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” # 3 with $14.7-M.
New family player Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days also came in on the low end of expectations in opening to $14.7-M. However, the film cost a modest $22-M to produce, so it is on solid ground financially already.
Heading into the weekend, Sony projected a domestic opening in the $25 to 30-M range for Total Recall, the original 1990 film took in $25.5-M. The remake cost at least $125-M to produce.
Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman and staring Colin Farrell in the role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger is counting on a strong international run to boost its bottom line and opened in 10 Asian markets this weekend, earning $6.2-M. Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel also star.
The movie played best to older moviegoers in North America. Males made up 58% of the audience, while ticket holders over the age of 30 made up 53%.
Neither critics nor moviegoers were wowed by the remake, based both on Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 film and the short story by Philip K. Dick. The film drew generally poor reviews and earned a C+ CinemaScore from the audience.
Fox’s Wimpy Kid 3 is the first film in the family franchise to open in Summer. The previous 2 installments debuted in March, each opening north of $22-M.
Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for Fox, said Wimpy Kid 3 will make up the difference during the week, considering that kids are still out of school.
Wimpy Kid 3 earned an A- CinemaScore, the same grade the 1st 2 films earned.
Dark Knight Rises, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, fell only 41% in its 3rd weekend and has now grossed $354.6-M domestically. The movie continues to trail The Dark Knight, it took in $393-M in the same frame.
Imax theaters continue to see big grosses for Dark Knight Rises, generating $5.6-M in tickets sales over the weekend for a take of $48-M.
Director Seth MacFarlane’s R-rated comedy Ted jumped the $200-M mark at the domestic box office this weekend in addition to scoring stellar numbers in key foreign markets.
The film from Universal and Media Rights Capital, Ted has now earned $203.4-M in North America and will soon eclipse Wedding Crashers, $209.3-M to become the # 4 R-rated comedy of all time behind The Hangover, $277.3-M, The Hangover Part II $254.8-M and Beverly Hills Cop at $234.5-M.
Ted starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, along with the MacFarlance-voiced Teddy Bear is rolling out slowly in overseas markets over the weekend for an early international total of $77.3-M.
The pic’s international weekend gross was $32-M from 20 markets, including 1st-place finishes in the UK, Germany, Russia, Austria Switzerland and Ukraine.
Ted will roll out in an additional 38 territories over the next few months.
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Monica PetrucciBox Office, Dark Knight Rises, Ted, Total Recall