Although “The Dark Knight Rises” is behind “The Dark Knight” when it comes to box office, it’s still hard to kick the final installment of the Christopher Nolan trilogy, because just under $400 million domestically is nothing to sneeze at.
After three weeks at No. 1, “Dark Knight Rises” finally fell off its perch, earning $19 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its North American total to $389.6 million. The film finished in third behind “The Bourne Legacy” ($38.1 million) and “The Campaign” ($26.6 million).
That total moves “Dark Knight Rises” to No. 14 on the all-time grossing list, ahead of the $381 million pulled in by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” in 2011. It should overtake both 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” ($402.1 million) and 2002’s “Spider-Man” ($403.7 million) within the next two weeks, moving it into the top 12.
It’s still tough to predict where “Dark Knight Rises” will end up, but it is clear that it won’t reach the $533.3 million of its predecessor, which currently holds the No. 4 spot on the all-time list. However, it could move ahead of “The Hunger Games” ($407.3 million) and 2010’s “Toy Story 3” ($415 million) to crack the top 10. After that, the road is tough with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” at $423 million and 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace,” which earned $431.1 million.
As expected, “Total Recall” took a huge dive in its second week, losing nearly 70 percent of its premiere audience to drop from second to fifth, according to The Numbers. It earned just $8 million this weekend, bringing its 10-day total to $44.1 million. That film will most certainly not reach its $125 million budget domestically, and will likely fall short of its 1990 predecessor, which earned $117.2 million in North America, easily eclipsing a $65 million budget.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” moved out of the top 10 with a $2.1 million weekend. It’s on its way out of theaters after grossing $255.5 million domestically. Of the last four films, it will be the lowest-grossing, still a good distance off of “Spider-Man 3,” which earned $336.5 million in 2007. It’s well off the pace of “Spider-Man,” which pulled in $403.7 million in North America in 2002.
The good news is that the latest “Spider-Man” will make back its $230 million budget through domestic ticket sales, to it’s likely Sony will try and continue this franchise a little longer with new star Andrew Garfield.
The next genre wide-release is “The Apparition” from Todd Lincoln, who is making his feature film debut. The film centers around a haunting that takes place because of a college experiment, and stars a lot of fresh faces as well as Harry Potter’s Tom Felton as well as “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’s” Luke Pasqualino.
Lionsgate finishes the month with “The Possession” from Danish director Ole Bornedal that stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and Madison Davenport. That film centers around a haunting that originates from a box picked up at a yard sale.