Saturday, 4 August 2012

?Dark Knight Rises? Trounces ?Total Recall?; Batman Finale #1 For 3rd Straight Weekend; Low-Budget ?Diary Of Wimpy Kid 3? Third

post thumbnail SATURDAY AM, 3RD�UPDATE: Based on�Friday trends, it looks like�Sony Pictures’�reboot of 1990′s iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner�Total Recall�now starring�anything-but-iconic Colin Farrell�won’t give�Warner Bros’ and Legendary Pictures’ third-weekend-veteran The Dark Knight Rises the tight race Hollywood expected. (Nice to�hear�from my opinionated gurus again…) But�theatrical grosses are still not returning to normal. Instead of the Aurora shooting tragedy spooking�box office,�the�red-hot London Olympics�(“NBC Holds American Viewers�Hostage: Day 9″) is distracting filmgoers. Total moviegoing this weekend looks like $120M which is�down yet again (-25%) from last year. Right now it looks like the PG-13 rated TDKR (4,242 theaters) bounces back for�$10.2M Friday and $35M for #1 this third straight�weekend.�Creeping in soft to begin with, the PG-13 Total Recall reboot (in 3,601 theaters) will gross $9.2M Friday and $25.5M for the weekend. “The� film performed in line with tracking and expectations,” Sony said tersely, meaning that both were pretty low.�Problem is, as rival studios point out, that sum won’t be enough to make up�the pic’s $150M cost unless it hits big overseas.�Worse, the CinemaScore is only a ‘C+’ meaning word of mouth won’t improve�over the weekend. On the other hand, Fox’s PG-rated�Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 3 (3,392 theaters) was made�on only ... Read More »


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