Weekend Predictions: 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Total Recall' and 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days'

Featured Stories - on August 01, 2012 by Phil Contrino

darkknightrisespred.pngThe Dark Knight Rises should have no problem fending off Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days in order to remain #1 this coming weekend.

Unless a miracle surge happens, it's now clear that The Dark Knight Rises won't match The Dark Knight's $533 million domestic tally. TDKR currently trails TDK by more than $25 million. Yet even though Christopher Nolan's trilogy-capper isn't keeping up with its predecessor, it's still a huge hit. TDKR has more than enough momentum to stay on top during its third weekend in theaters.

As of 5 p.m. PT, Fandango reports that TDKR accounts for 53% of daily sales.

Expect The Dark Knight Rises to make another $37.5 million over the weekend.

Total Recall will have a tough time competing with TDKR for the attention of male moviegoers. Still, the sci-fi flick comes with quite a bit of brand recognition, and the trailers have generated plenty of buzz on Facebook and Twitter. Our expectations remain relatively modest, but this one could end up turning into a surprise hit.

Fandango reports that Total Recall accounts for 7% of daily sales.

Total Recall should take in $23 million from around 3,400 locations.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise has gained a loyal following since the first movie was released in March 2010. The first film opened to $22.1 million and the sequel debuted to $23.7 million. There's no reason to expect Dog Days to stray too far from that.

Fandango reports that Diary of a Wimpy Kid accounts for 6% of daily sales.

Look for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days to grab $21 million from around 3,100 locations.

Check out the rest of our top 10 predictions in the table below.


Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Gross
The Dark Knight Rises Jul 20, 2012 Warner Bros.
$37,500,000 $355,500,000
Total Recall (2012) Aug 3, 2012 Sony / Columbia
$23,000,000 $23,000,000
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Aug 3, 2012 Fox
$21,000,000 $21,000,000
Ice Age: Continental Drift Jul 13, 2012 Fox
$8,800,000 $132,500,000
The Watch Jul 27, 2012 Fox
$6,000,000 $25,000,000
Step Up Revolution Jul 27, 2012 Lionsgate / Summit
$5,500,000 $23,300,000
Ted (2012) Jun 29, 2012 Universal
$5,300,000 $203,200,000
The Amazing Spider-Man Jul 3, 2012 Sony / Columbia
$4,300,000 $250,600,000
Brave Jun 22, 2012 Disney
$3,000,000 $223,300,000
Magic Mike Jun 29, 2012 Warner Bros.
$1,600,000 $111,100,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: The Dark Knight Rises, Total Recall, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days


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