For the third Friday in a row, "The Dark Knight Rises" reigned supreme at the box office. Christopher Nolan's conclusion of his Batman trilogy earned $10.4 million, while newcomer "Total Recall," starring Colin Ferrell and Jessica Biel, managed to pull in just $9.2 million its first day in theaters.
Despite this being "Total Recall's" opening weekend, the Colin Ferrell vehicle is projected to gross only about $25 million from Friday to Sunday, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Although the film's opening isn't dismal -- the movie was not expected to be a blockbuster on the level of "The Dark Knight Rises" -- its performance is pretty poor in comparison to its source material.
In 1990, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Total Recall" -- an adaptation of the Phillip K. Dick short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" -- grossed $25.5 million its opening weekend and went on to make more than $260 million. Reminder: Those are 1990 dollars. Adjusted for inflation, that "Total Recall" achieved an opening of about $45 million in today's dollars.
Still, this "Total Recall" might do OK. Sony reported the movie cost about $125 million to make, so it could easily earn a small profit. But even a three-breasted woman won't turn "Total Recall" into the runaway hit its predecessor was.
Things could be worse, though. Ben Stiller's universally reviled "The Watch" is projected to take in a paltry $6 million in its second weekend. Now that's a bad box-office performance.
Find a complete list of the weekend's box office records fellow.
1. "The Dark Knight Rises" - $10.4 million Friday, $36 million weekend
2. "Total Recall" - $9.2 million Friday, $25 million weekend
3. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" - $5.9 million Friday, $22.1 million weekend
4. "Ice Age: Continental Drift" - $2.5 million Friday, $9 million weekend
5. "The Watch" - $1.9 million Friday, $6 million weekend