The Dark Knight Rises made $18.050 million on Friday, which puts it on pace for a sophomore frame just shy of $60 million. That does not compare favorably to the $75.2 million haul The Dark Knight managed during its second weekend in July 2008. Still, TDKR has already reached $400 million worldwide, so it's far from a disappointment.
With a Friday tally of $4.85 million, Step Up Revolution will fall short of Step Up 3D's $15.8 million debut in 2010. Luckily, the Step Up franchise is an international juggernaut. Step Up 3D made $118 million internationally and $42 million domestically. There's no reason that Step Up Revolution can't post comparable international numbers in order to make up for a domestic decrease.
The Watch is off to a very lackluster start. 20th Century Fox's R-rated comedy managed only $4.5 million on Friday. That's a huge disappointment for a film that boasts the combined star power of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. The Watch proves yet again that moviegoers today are not easily influenced by star power. Adam Sandler learned that lesson earlier this summer when the R-rated That's My Boy bombed.
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.