Warner's The Dark Knight Rises grossed $3.69 million on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for a 20th consecutive day. The third installment of Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy fell 20 percent from Tuesday and 50 percent from last Wednesday. Daily declines in general on Wednesday took an additional hit from Sony's Hope Springs entering the marketplace yesterday. The Dark Knight Rises has grossed $367.00 million in 20 days, leaving it $33.00 million away from reaching the $400 million domestic milestone. The film is currently running 11 percent behind the $410.78 million 20-day take of 2008's The Dark Knight.
IMAX grosses were responsible for $0.653 million (17.7 percent) of the total Wednesday take for The Dark Knight Rises. Thus far IMAX grosses have totaled $50.21 million, which represents 13.7 percent of the film's total domestic gross.
Hope Springs debuted in second place with a modest $2.265 million. The romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell out-paced fellow Sony release Total Recall by an extremely $1,705 for the day. Hope Springs debuted 59 percent softer than the $5.54 million Wednesday start of The Help last August. If it were to experience similar daily holds as The Help between now and Sunday, Hope Springs would be headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $15 million. However, given that Hope Springs is expected to skew very heavily towards older moviegoers, it is still possible that it could build up a bit more momentum than that once the weekend hits.
Total Recall fell one spot and a sharp 29 percent from Tuesday to take third with $2.264 million. The sci-fi remake starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel had been able to hold up relatively well on Tuesday, but clearly lost momentum on Wednesday. Total Recall has grossed $34.03 million in six days, which is in line with pre-release expectations. The film is currently running 9.5 percent stronger than the $31.09 million six-day start of this year's Underworld Awakening and 30 percent softer than the $48.47 million six-day start of last year's Cowboys & Aliens.
Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days fell one spot and 25 percent from Tuesday to place in fourth with $1.72 million. The third installment of Fox's family film franchise got off to a slower than expected start over the weekend, but has made up for that a bit with a solid midweek performance. Dog Days has grossed $20.61 million in six days, placing it 24 percent behind the $27.13 million six-day start of last year's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.