1. “The Dark Knight Rises” – $36.4 million [$356.6 million; 3rd week]For a third straight week, Batman beats out all comers. Expect a much tougher challenge come next weekend with the arrival of “The Bourne Legacy.” The final Batman film for Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale is actually losing less of its audience from “The Dark Knight,” but is bringing in a lot less. See more on that here. The very entertaining Summer Olympics is likely contributing to some of this box office though.
2. “Total Recall” – $26 million [debut week] The needless remake couldn’t take down Batman and CinemaScore has this charting at C+, so it’s not just critics who weren’t that impressed by it.
3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” – $14.7 million [debut week] Conversely, the third installment of the “Diary” series fared very well with audiences, according to CinemaScore, which has an A-. This should stay in the top 5 for awhile as there’s little families haven’t already seen by this point in the summer and there’s not much forthcoming for families either.
4. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” – $8.4 million [$131.9 million; 4th week] It’s the lowest-grossing of the franchise, but 20th Century Fox should be pretty pleased with having the family market covered with this and “Diary.”
5. The Watch – $6.4 million – [$25.4 million; 2nd week] Audiences apparently don’t watch the watchmen as this comedy hasn’t found many interested in it.