Reporting Bill Wine
By Bill Wine
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s not quite rising and it’s not quite falling.
The Dark Knight Rises, that is, the Batman-thriller sequel that took first place at the summer box office for the third straight weekend, but with a margin of victory that continued to diminish. It earned an estimated $36-million.
The science fiction remake, Total Recall, with Colin Farrell, claimed second place on its debut weekend with a total of $26–million.
Third place went to the weekend’s other new mainstream release, the family sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, with $15–million.
Rounding out the top five were the holdovers, Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Watch, with $8-million and $6-million, respectively.
But it’s The Dark Knight Rises that continues to dominate the August box office despite running behind the pace of its predecessor, The Dark Knight, with a cumulative total already above $350-million.