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07.29.2012

The Dark Knight Rises again!

After the Colorado tragedy on its opening weekend, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES more recently had to contend with filmmaker Danny Boyle's Olympics spectacle and the start of the games. But our favorite nocturnal crimefighter did indeed rise to the challenge, taking the #1 spot for the second weekend with another $64 million.

Although that's a 60% drop from its massive debut, the trilogy-closer has already made $289M domestically, putting it at #3 on the list for 10-day total behind THE DARK KNIGHT ($313.7M) and THE AVENGERS ($373M). And the worldwide total has also already crossed the half-billion mark.

Even without Heath Ledger's exalted turn as the Joker, repeat business should keep THE DARK KNIGHT RISES strong on the chart well into the summer... but Batman might start to stumble from #1 soon. THE DARK KNIGHT ruled the top spot for four weeks back in 2008 (ultimately bumped from #1 by TROPIC THUNDER), but THE DARK KNIGHT RISES faces a pair of high-profile releases in the next two weeks: the megabudget TOTAL RECALL remake and the Damonless sequel THE BOURNE LEGACY.

A pair of new releases were locked out of the #2 spot by ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT in its third weekend with $13.3 million as it lumbers past the $100M mark (plus another $511M overseas). Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn were surely hoping for some of that DODGEBALL magic when they reteamed for THE WATCH, but what they got instead was a chilly reception and derisive reviews. Their new R-rated alien invasion comedy (retitled from NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH after the Trayvon Martin controversy in Florida) rousted only $13 million, just a few steps ahead of the comparatively star-free STEP UP REVOLUTION's $11.3M opening.

Things get progressively bleak after that. Seth MacFarlane's naughty bear is holding up better than the return of the Marvel's webslinger as TED (now in its fifth week) watches THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN slide on by (although the wall-crawler does have a $654M global total to boast). Channing Tatum's MAGIC MIKE is one of the summer's big winners, at least as far as return-on-investment -- the stripper tale has made $107.5 million on an estimated $7M budget.

Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM still clings to the list after two-and-a-half months in release (and on fewer than 1,000 screens). Outside the chart, the acclaimed BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is picking up more and more attention despite being in just a couple hundred theaters. And the romcom RUBY SPARKS, the McConaughey-starring NC-17 KILLER JOE and the musician documentary SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN all posted high per-screen averages on just a tiny handful of screens.

Next weekend, Colin Farrell puts on his Arnie pants (but doesn't get his ass to Mars) in the new version of TOTAL RECALL, and the wimpy kid returns for DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS. What August release are you most looking forward to seeing? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Dark Knight Rises $64 M $289 M
2. Ice Age: Continental Drift $13.3 M $114.8 M
3. The Watch $13 M
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4. Step Up Revolution $11.8 M
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5. Ted $7.3 M $193.6 M
6. The Amazing Spider-Man $6.8 M $242 M
7. Brave $4.2 M $217.2 M
8. Magic Mike $2.5 M $107.5 M
9. Savages $1.7 M $43.8 M
10. Moonrise Kingdom $1.3 M $38.3 M

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6:33AM on 07/30/2012

BREAKING NEWS!

Scientists have discovered that it is, in fact, entirely possible for humans to have major issues with a film's logic and pacing and yet still have feelings of love towards it.

Previous belief held that any discussion or debate of a film's weaknesses on the part of an individual simply meant that said individual hated the film and was not a "true fan". However, this startling new discovery turns this idea on its head.

Furthermore, additional testing is close to proving once and for all
Scientists have discovered that it is, in fact, entirely possible for humans to have major issues with a film's logic and pacing and yet still have feelings of love towards it.

Previous belief held that any discussion or debate of a film's weaknesses on the part of an individual simply meant that said individual hated the film and was not a "true fan". However, this startling new discovery turns this idea on its head.

Furthermore, additional testing is close to proving once and for all that homo sapiens are capable of feeling emotions of love towards both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises AT THE SAME TIME.

According to Dr. Eric Jacobs, who first noticed these results after walking out of a screening of Magic Mike and noticing that he now felt an attraction towards both males and females, he realized that this must hold true for films as well: "I was a straight male when I walked into the screening, but when I came out it dawned on me that I was paying more and more attention to the Alex Cross standee in their theater lobby. It was something about Tyler Perry's eyes... they were just so... smoldering! It was then that I realized that human beings have the capacity to love two things equally at the same time."

No word on what this discovery will mean for TOTAL RECALL, but scientists are warning people not to worry chances are, if you've seen the original, you'll still think this new one is shit.
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4:28AM on 07/30/2012

Tom Hardy Deserves More...

I love Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker, no doubt there, but if people were flocking cinemas to see Ledger's take on Batman's greatest foe, it's only fair that they flock the same to see Hardy don the mask as Bane. I get the feeling that Hardy's and Hathaway's performances are being overlooked simply because The Joker is absent in this one. TDKR may have it's flaws, but it deserves to make as much money, if not more, than The Dark Knight did. If anything, Hardy needs to be given the
I love Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker, no doubt there, but if people were flocking cinemas to see Ledger's take on Batman's greatest foe, it's only fair that they flock the same to see Hardy don the mask as Bane. I get the feeling that Hardy's and Hathaway's performances are being overlooked simply because The Joker is absent in this one. TDKR may have it's flaws, but it deserves to make as much money, if not more, than The Dark Knight did. If anything, Hardy needs to be given the media spotlight for bringing Bane to life in a raw, powerful manner.
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2:45AM on 07/30/2012
Neither Total Remake or Bourne IV look very good, so I don't think DKR has anything to worry about next week.

Neither Total Remake or Bourne IV look very good, so I don't think DKR has anything to worry about next week.

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12:32AM on 07/30/2012
I don't understand how liking TDKR automatically makes you "a blind Nolan fanboy" , that's just stupid and ignorant to say. I really enjoyed the movie, was it perfect, no but I had a great time watching it and thought it was a great movie.
I don't understand how liking TDKR automatically makes you "a blind Nolan fanboy" , that's just stupid and ignorant to say. I really enjoyed the movie, was it perfect, no but I had a great time watching it and thought it was a great movie.
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8:14PM on 07/29/2012
Well at least JoBlo didn't stoop to trying to blame the Colorado shootings like some other web sites, which i felt was totally uncalled for. So kudos to JoBlo for being professional on it's report.

Glad to see TDKR finish at the top & it will most likely gross around $400 million, which is still a fair enough gross. It was obvious TDKR would not match the massive gross of TDK, so for anyone to say it's disappointing is just well blind. I loved TDKR & will probably check it out one more
Well at least JoBlo didn't stoop to trying to blame the Colorado shootings like some other web sites, which i felt was totally uncalled for. So kudos to JoBlo for being professional on it's report.

Glad to see TDKR finish at the top & it will most likely gross around $400 million, which is still a fair enough gross. It was obvious TDKR would not match the massive gross of TDK, so for anyone to say it's disappointing is just well blind. I loved TDKR & will probably check it out one more time in IMAX.
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7:14PM on 07/29/2012

People who hated TDKR can hate all they want.

But PLEASE DO NOT assume you know why anyone else is liking the film (hype from TDK, goodwill of Joker, Nolan fanboys, because of the tragedy(??!!) .....blahblahblahblah from the previous comments alone). You don't like it, its absolutely fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and every movie has its fair share of fans and haters. But WHY should anyone think that his / her opinion IS the "general consensus"?? I, for one, LOVED TDKR, and not because I'm a Nolan's blind fanboy or for my
But PLEASE DO NOT assume you know why anyone else is liking the film (hype from TDK, goodwill of Joker, Nolan fanboys, because of the tragedy(??!!) .....blahblahblahblah from the previous comments alone). You don't like it, its absolutely fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and every movie has its fair share of fans and haters. But WHY should anyone think that his / her opinion IS the "general consensus"?? I, for one, LOVED TDKR, and not because I'm a Nolan's blind fanboy or for my blind love for TDK or any other silly reasons. I loved it because I liked what I saw. I liked it the 1st time, I loved it still the 3rd time. And I'm not a blind TDK fan, I loved Batman Begins well before The Joker was even cast ....And IMO themetically, structurally and storywise, TDKR is MUCH MORE connected with BB than it has anything to do with TDK. Offcourse this film has plotholes, which film doesn't? But plotholes and all, I loved TDKR and thats my opinion, so please DO NOT try to tell me what or why I should like or not. I'm really happy this film has a 87% fresh rating at rottentomatoes....But even if it'd had 0% rating, I wouldn't give a rat's ass!!

P.S. I hope TDKR atleast cross Hunger Games' domestic gross. No other film deserves the second place to AVENGERS, really.
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9:20PM on 07/29/2012
I agree. I found TDK overly long but I didn't feel that way about TDKR. It kept me interested for almost three hours.
I agree. I found TDK overly long but I didn't feel that way about TDKR. It kept me interested for almost three hours.
10:52PM on 07/29/2012
I've been following internet movie news since the mid 90's. I've seen this kind of hype before. Nothing unique about TDKR or the bizarre cult like following Nolan has. M. Night Shyamalan once had the same mindless cult following. People pretty much saying what you are saying verbatim. Flash forward to now, and those same people on riding the "I hate everything Shyamalan bandwagon" and will never admit otherwise.
I've been following internet movie news since the mid 90's. I've seen this kind of hype before. Nothing unique about TDKR or the bizarre cult like following Nolan has. M. Night Shyamalan once had the same mindless cult following. People pretty much saying what you are saying verbatim. Flash forward to now, and those same people on riding the "I hate everything Shyamalan bandwagon" and will never admit otherwise.
12:06AM on 07/30/2012
Umm... what? Which part of "I like what I see, and I don't care anything else" do you not understand?? I can only speak for myself, there's nothing "cult like following"(?) going on here, if a movie is good, its good, if its bad, its bad. Simple. As for you bringing up Shyamalan, once people liked his movies, because guess what? Once his movies were ACTUALLY GOOD. Sixth Sense & Unbreakable are both on my all time favorite movie list and I rewatch them even today. Even Signs have its fair share
Umm... what? Which part of "I like what I see, and I don't care anything else" do you not understand?? I can only speak for myself, there's nothing "cult like following"(?) going on here, if a movie is good, its good, if its bad, its bad. Simple. As for you bringing up Shyamalan, once people liked his movies, because guess what? Once his movies were ACTUALLY GOOD. Sixth Sense & Unbreakable are both on my all time favorite movie list and I rewatch them even today. Even Signs have its fair share of fans. And I never met anyone who outright hates SS + Unbreakable + Signs. He garnered so much hate later on because inspite of his talent, his later films were, generally speaking, BAD.

So, yeah I get that you have some weird hate for Nolan's work and thought there's "nothing unique about TDKR". Great. Fantastic. But you know that? I JUST DON'T CARE. Do I have to feel ashamed of my choice and taste just because a fellow web user thinks he knows better about my choice than even myself and puts his opinion on a higher pedestal than everyone else? I DON'T THINK SO, my friend.
12:12AM on 07/30/2012
See how upset you get over my post. If you really didn't care, then you wouldn't reply in such an upset long winded way. If fact, you wouldn't reply at all. You care.
See how upset you get over my post. If you really didn't care, then you wouldn't reply in such an upset long winded way. If fact, you wouldn't reply at all. You care.
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7:00PM on 07/29/2012
I'm glad The Dark Knight Rises is still going strong.
I'm glad The Dark Knight Rises is still going strong.
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6:40PM on 07/29/2012

It was alright.

Saw it this weekend. It was ok, even with with the plot holes you could fly a 747 through. This won't hit Avenger money, but should do alright.
Saw it this weekend. It was ok, even with with the plot holes you could fly a 747 through. This won't hit Avenger money, but should do alright.
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12:49AM on 07/30/2012
Of course it wil not make Avenger money, it did not whore itself out for 3d money
Of course it wil not make Avenger money, it did not whore itself out for 3d money
4:45PM on 07/30/2012
Actually Avengers was just a better movie.
Actually Avengers was just a better movie.
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6:36PM on 07/29/2012

thanx to joker

its glad to see Dark knight's Joker still making money for this mediocre Batman film.these collections r due to hype and goodwill of Dark knight
its glad to see Dark knight's Joker still making money for this mediocre Batman film.these collections r due to hype and goodwill of Dark knight
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6:17PM on 07/29/2012

BE CAREFUL... Bob Loblaw's comment below...SPOILERS

A few comments below,

Bob Loblaw reveals some MAJOR SPOILERS about TDKR (I don't think it was intended, so DON'T kill the Guy for this)...
SO BE CAREFUL if you haven't see it yet...
@Bob Loblaw : please, be more careful about those kind of things next time, please, man. Thanks
A few comments below,

Bob Loblaw reveals some MAJOR SPOILERS about TDKR (I don't think it was intended, so DON'T kill the Guy for this)...
SO BE CAREFUL if you haven't see it yet...
@Bob Loblaw : please, be more careful about those kind of things next time, please, man. Thanks
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6:07PM on 07/29/2012
Not surprising, the Olympics should eat into all films for the next 2 weeks. It sucks people (like me) in, and its not like you can DVR it. Well you can, but its not the same excitement. Pixar actually held back Toy Story 3 a few weeks in Europe until after the World Cup in 2010 I remember.
Not surprising, the Olympics should eat into all films for the next 2 weeks. It sucks people (like me) in, and its not like you can DVR it. Well you can, but its not the same excitement. Pixar actually held back Toy Story 3 a few weeks in Europe until after the World Cup in 2010 I remember.
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5:09PM on 07/29/2012
one billion......here we go
one billion......here we go
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5:01PM on 07/29/2012
The movie is fantastic and deserves every cent. Here's to a billion!
The movie is fantastic and deserves every cent. Here's to a billion!
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4:48PM on 07/29/2012
I know the internet folk are all gaga for TDKR, but most people are very 'meh' about it. It really is a mediocre movie. Some people already declared this movie a masterpiece long before seeing it. No matter how bad it actually was, they had already made up their mind.

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What's funny is seeing hypocrisy in action for this movie. When War of the Worlds brings back a character we were lead to believe died, without a plausible explanation, everyone trashed it. When TDKR does the exact
I know the internet folk are all gaga for TDKR, but most people are very 'meh' about it. It really is a mediocre movie. Some people already declared this movie a masterpiece long before seeing it. No matter how bad it actually was, they had already made up their mind.

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What's funny is seeing hypocrisy in action for this movie. When War of the Worlds brings back a character we were lead to believe died, without a plausible explanation, everyone trashed it. When TDKR does the exact same thing, everyone makes excuses for it. We see Batman in the Bat as it blows up. It's insulting to try and make us believe that somehow auto pilot transported him 6 miles to safety in a matter of a single second. And that's just one of the ridiculous leaps in logic we have to take to even remotely make this movie good. Batman Forever was more believable than this shit.
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5:01PM on 07/29/2012
That's all your opinion. You're entitled to it but if we love it, just accept it.
That's all your opinion. You're entitled to it but if we love it, just accept it.
5:53PM on 07/29/2012
Spoilers?
Spoilers?
6:33PM on 07/29/2012
dont get me started man, all the stupid plot holes and flaws and folks continue to show extreme fanboyism, real batman fans would hate this flick, it makes DC's great detective look like an imbecile. 8 fucking years and not an iota of suspicion for board members slinging buckets of cash? Bruce Wayne is smarter than that. Not to mention the ridiculous sounding Bane, and the inane cia, inept government and totally stupid police force. The worst of the lot.
dont get me started man, all the stupid plot holes and flaws and folks continue to show extreme fanboyism, real batman fans would hate this flick, it makes DC's great detective look like an imbecile. 8 fucking years and not an iota of suspicion for board members slinging buckets of cash? Bruce Wayne is smarter than that. Not to mention the ridiculous sounding Bane, and the inane cia, inept government and totally stupid police force. The worst of the lot.
7:33PM on 07/30/2012
who was presumed dead in TDKR?
who was presumed dead in TDKR?
4:18PM on 07/29/2012
One of the best films of the year so far and still #1! I appreciated Tom Hardy's performance much more after seeing it for a second time. Can't wait to see it a 3rd time.
One of the best films of the year so far and still #1! I appreciated Tom Hardy's performance much more after seeing it for a second time. Can't wait to see it a 3rd time.
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3:53PM on 07/29/2012

It's Made MORE Because of The Tragedy.

The TDKR dropped 60% from last week even though the curiosity factor from that terrible shooting drew more people to it. Word of mouth has been terrible for the mediocre TDKR. Why people are saying that the free advertising or curiosity has hurt TDKR is beyond me. To me, it's just an excuse to cover for a disappointing film's box office take.
The TDKR dropped 60% from last week even though the curiosity factor from that terrible shooting drew more people to it. Word of mouth has been terrible for the mediocre TDKR. Why people are saying that the free advertising or curiosity has hurt TDKR is beyond me. To me, it's just an excuse to cover for a disappointing film's box office take.
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3:26PM on 07/29/2012
The original teaser for 'Neighborhood Watch', woops, I mean 'The Watch' (strike 1), with the cast cruising down suburbia to Dr. Dre's "Still D.R.E." had me pumped for opening day. Once the ads revealed that it was actually about aliens (strike 2), and not about the chemistry between the cast and their fight against crime/mischief in the suburbs (strike 3), I was completely turned off. Either way, I'm glad my second viewing of TDKR contributed to keeping it at the top spot for 2 weeks in a row
The original teaser for 'Neighborhood Watch', woops, I mean 'The Watch' (strike 1), with the cast cruising down suburbia to Dr. Dre's "Still D.R.E." had me pumped for opening day. Once the ads revealed that it was actually about aliens (strike 2), and not about the chemistry between the cast and their fight against crime/mischief in the suburbs (strike 3), I was completely turned off. Either way, I'm glad my second viewing of TDKR contributed to keeping it at the top spot for 2 weeks in a row (not that there was much competition).
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