1. The Dark Knight Rises- $64.07M/$289M
Figuring out which of many factors hurt the second week tally of The Dark Knight Rises the most is probably foolish, because they all contributed to a hefty 60% drop. Last week's huge but slightly sluggish numbers were aided by intense pre-sale ticket numbers, and after the Aurora, CO tragedy we saw ticket sales take a sharp decline. Obviously, that stigma has remained firmly attached to the film, which now will have a hard time breaking The Dark Knight's 2008 domestic gross of $533M. Don't get me wrong, the film is by no means a disappointment, and with the strong foreign totals it's already well past $500M. It was perhaps too much to think that Christopher Nolan's finale would be able to best its predecessor, which performed so well largely due to interest in Heath Ledger's Joker performance.
2. Ice Age: Continental Drift- $13.3M/$114.8M
3. The Watch- $13M
Another film that saw some of its momentum slowed by tragedy, the Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy was formerly titled Neighborhood Watch before the Trayvon Martin tragedy unfolded. Not that it would have mattered because the marketing campaign, which couldn't decide whether to highlight the humor or the sci-fi elements, likely did them in. It's strange though, that having two such comedic heavyweights as Stiller and Vaughn, along with the increased profile of Jonah Hill, couldn't lift this film into even modest hit standards. Perhaps we've reached a point where Stiller isn't that much of a draw anymore? At least not to adults? And Vaughn doesn't really get out as much as he used to, does he? And he's only really been successful piggybacking off of others. If his partner can't sell tickets, he can't sell tickets. Take a look at last year's The Dilemma for an example.
4. Step Up Revolution- $11.8M
With no recognizable names and lacking even the presence of John Chu as director, it should come as no surprise this is the weakest debut open for the Step Up franchise yet. Actually, the series has barely been surviving on the domestic side, boosted by hefty foreign grosses, so we'll have to see if that turns out to be the case this time.
5. Ted- $7.35M/$193.6M
Other than Moonrise Kingdom, Ted had the strongest hold of the week and should cross $200M in a few days. Not bad for a film about a talking teddy bear.
6. The Amazing Spider-Man- $6.8M/$242M
Not bad, but far less than any of Sam Raimi's flicks.
7. Brave- $4.2M/$217.2M
8. Magic Mike- $2.6M/$107.6M
9. Savages- $1.75M/$43.9M
10. Moonrise Kingdom- $1.4M/$38.4M
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