MUMBAI: There is no beating The Dark Knight
Sony's sci-fi action epic Total Recall opened up collecting
$26 million in the weekend, it was well behind the $36.4
million earned by The Dark Knight Rises in its third
a new release, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days also opened
below expectations as it collected $14.7 million. The
film, that cost $22 million to make, is already on solid
Aurora theater shooting and the 2012 Summer Olympics
continue to mute movie going. Domestic ticket sales
plummeted 25 per cent from the same weekend last year
while research firm NRG continues to warn studios that
20 per cent of the movie-going audience is skittish
after the shooting. Around 16 per cent viewers have
reported that they would be watching the Olympics this
Heading into the weekend, Sony projected a domestic
opening between the $25 to $30 million range for its
film, although many believed that it would gross a little
higher and would possibly jump the $30 million mark.
The remake cost at least $125 million.
Recall, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell
in the role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is
counting on a strong international run to boost its
bottom line. Incidentally, it opened in 10 Asian markets
this weekend earning $6.2 million.