Warner's The Dark Knight Rises grossed $3.59 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a 21st consecutive day. With Universal's The Bourne Legacy and Warner's The Campaign both entering the marketplace today, it is widely expected that The Dark Knight Rises will slip to third place this weekend. The Dark Knight Rises fell 3 percent from Wednesday and 47 percent from last Thursday. For the week, The Dark Knight Rises led the way with $52.41 million. That was down 44 percent from the previous frame and places the film's three week total at $370.61 million. The Dark Knight Rises is now just $29.39 million away from reaching the $400 million domestic milestone. The film is currently running 11 percent behind the $415.51 million 21-day take of 2008's The Dark Knight.
IMAX grosses were responsible for $0.630 million (17.6 percent) of the total Thursday take for The Dark Knight Rises. Thus far IMAX grosses have totaled $50.84 million, which represents 13.7 percent of the film's total domestic gross.
After a modest start on Wednesday, Sony's Hope Springs stabilized very nicely on Thursday to hold steady in second place with $2.19 million. The romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell fell a slim 3 percent from Wednesday. Through two days of release, Hope Springs has grossed a so-so $4.45 million, placing it 55 percent behind the $9.87 million two-day start of The Help last August. If Hope Springs were to experience similar daily holds as The Help between now and Sunday, the film would be headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $17 million to $18 million. However, it is still possible that Hope Springs could finish slightly higher than that for its first five days given that it is expected to skew very heavily towards older moviegoers (it is also possible that moviegoers weren't all that aware of the release date change to Wednesday given the strength of Thursday's hold).
Fellow Sony release Total Recall rounded out its first week in theatres with a third place take of $2.06 million. The sci-fi remake starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel fell 9 percent from Wednesday, which isn't a good sign for the film as it heads into its second weekend. Total Recall held up relatively well from Saturday through Tuesday, but has lost a lot of momentum the past two days. The film finished in second for the week with $36.09 million. That was in line with pre-release expectations, but also a bit soft given the film's price-tag and likelihood of being front-loaded.
Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days grossed $1.74 million to remain in fourth place. The third installment of Fox's family film franchise increased 1 percent over Wednesday. Dog Days got off to a slower than expected start over the weekend, but has made up for that a bit with a very solid midweek performance. Dog Days has grossed $22.35 million in seven days, placing it 21 percent behind the $28.16 million seven-day start of last year's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.