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Even with up to 25 percent of respondents saying they were hesitant to head to theaters over the weekend, The Dark Knight Rises grossed $64 million in North America, easily winning the top spot. Ticket sales were weak on Friday due in part to the shootings in Colorado, but also because of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, which wound up being as long as most movies, if not longer. Adding in its weekend haul, The Dark Knight Rises earned $64 million, has earned nearly $290 million domestically and more than $537 million worldwide.
It wasn’t such a good weekend for Fox’s The Watch, starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade as a neighborhood watch group that stumbles on an alien invasion. The film only brought in $13 million and came in third behind The Dark Knight Rises and Ice Age: Continental Drift. Fellow new release Step Up: Revolution from Summit also performed poorly, limping into the fourth spot with $11.8 million.
It will be interesting to see how things work out this weekend. Fear of going to the theater may still exist, and the Olympics will still be going on, but there are a pair of films debuting that could pull in some decent dollars for two different audiences: Total Recall and the third film in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, which has earned a total of $116 million.