The winner and still champion after three weekends at the box office is none other than the man in black, the Caped Crusader, The Dark Knight (Rises)! The conclusion of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy continues to take on all comers, including new releases Total Recall and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
The Dark Knight's $36.4 million weekend haul brought the film's North American total to $354.6 million. Director Len Wiseman's remake Total Recall grossed $26 million for Columbia Pictures, while the third Wimpy Kid movie brought in $14.7 million for Fox.
The Hollywood Reporter suggests that ticket sales were down across the board last weekend both because of lingering fear from the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and divided attention from the Olympics.
This week will see the opening of the Jeremy Renner action thriller The Bourne Legacy, the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones romantic comedy Hope Springs and the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis political comedy The Campaign. Will those movies be enough to overcome theater inhibitions, the last weekend of the summer Olympics and the Bat? We'll let you know next week.