Warner's The Dark Knight Rises grossed an estimated $10.40 million on Friday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The third installment of Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy is on pace to gross $35.5 million for the weekend, which would be down a very solid 43 percent from last weekend's performance. The Dark Knight Rises is on course to have grossed $353.7 million through its first 17 days of release.
Friday's gross for The Dark Knight Rises represented a 52.5 percent increase over Thursday's performance. IMAX grosses were responsible for an estimated $1.498 million of Friday's daily gross (14.4 percent).
Sony's Total Recall debuted in second place on Friday with an estimated $9.20 million. The big-budget sci-fi remake starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel is on course to gross $24.5 million over the weekend, which would be towards the lower end of expectations. With Universal's The Bourne Legacy opening on August 10, and Lionsgate's The Expendables 2 opening on August 17, it will be tough for Total Recall to hold up well going forward.
Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days placed in third on Friday with an estimated $5.85 million. The third installment of the franchise is on pace for an opening weekend performance of $17.0 million. That would be a bit softer than the respective $22.13 million and $23.75 million debuts of 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid and 2011's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Dog Days will have a good chance of holding up better than Rodrick Rules did though, thanks to the aid of summer midweek business.
In other box office news, Universal's Ted will surpass the $200 million domestic mark this weekend. That will make it the eighth release of 2012 to do so.
Additional reporting by Phil Contrino.