If you thought The Dark Knight Rises would fall against the likes of The Watch and Step Up Revolution, then you were kidding yourself, as Christopher Nolan’s final Batman outing easily bested all comers, taking in $64.1 million.
The Watch, which will never be confused as a Billy Wilder film, scared up $13 million in business, placing third, while Step Up Revolution didn’t live up to its moniker (Step Down Failed Insurrection is fitting), squeezing $11.8 million in business.
Here’s the top 10:
1. The Dark Knight Rises - Christopher Nolan’s star continues to rise, as his final exploration of the Caped Crusader makes $64.1 million and retains the #1 spot.
2. Ice Age: Continental Drift - Nothing to see here except $$$: every Ice Age installment is a guaranteed success. $13.3 million
3. The Watch - The trailer is as funny as going raw dog (sans anesthesia) during a root canal. $13 million is good enough for third place, not good enough if you’re a movie headlined by Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill.
4. Step Up Revolution - The revolution will not be televised, or ignite a box office frenzy. The movie limply dances to a #4 finish with $11.8 million.
5. Ted - Seth MacFarlane is having a great summer. This weekend’s haul: $7.4 million
6. The Amazing Spider-Man - With over $240 million earned domestically, Sony’s decision to reboot the franchise was a creative home run. This weekend, the picture made $6.3 million.
7. Brave - This Pixar film may not have been one of the company’s best written films, but that really doesn’t matter when the brand is synonymous with quality movie making. The feature took in $4.1 million over the weekend.
8. Magic Mike - Director Steven Soderbergh’s stripped down drama (horrible pun intended) collected $2.4 million, and it’s over $100 million domestically. In case you’re counting, that equals out to thousands of lap dances from Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum.
9. Savages - Director Oliver Stone’s violent drug film has been a box office disappointment, as it made just $1.6 million and has totaled up just $44 million domestically. Speaking of bombs, the movie also stars Taylor Kitsch.
10. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection - The comedy made $1.3 million, running up its total to $63 million.
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @gsrisavasdi )