Warner's The Dark Knight Rises grossed $35.74 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The third installment of Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy fell a solid 42 percent from last weekend. The 17-day total for The Dark Knight Rises stands at $353.94 million, which leaves the film $46.06 million away from becoming the third release of 2012 to reach the $400 million domestic mark. The Dark Knight Rises is currently running 10 percent behind the $393.75 million 17-day start of 2008's The Dark Knight. In its third weekend of release, The Dark Knight fell 43 percent to gross $42.66 million.
IMAX grosses were responsible for $5.69 million (15.9 percent) of this weekend's overall domestic gross for The Dark Knight Rises. The 17-day IMAX total stands at $48.05 million, which represents 13.6 percent of the film's total gross thus far.
Internationally, The Dark Knight Rises grossed $67.0 million from 58 foreign markets. That places the film's international total at $378.4 million and worldwide total at a massive $732.3 million. Key international grosses this weekend included $6.75 million in the United Kingdom, $6.1 million in France, $5.5 million in Mexico, $5.3 million in Germany, $5.3 million in Korea, $4.6 million in Brazil and $4.4 million in Australia.
Sony's Total Recall debuted in second with $25.58 million. The sci-fi remake starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel opened in line with expectations, though the film's performance was still soft when taking into account its price-tag. The opening weekend take for Total Recall was slightly ahead of the $25.31 million start of this year's Underworld Awakening. 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. The typically front-loaded nature of the sci-fi genre and the film's C+ rating on CinemaScore likely won't help matters for Total Recall either. On the positive side of things, after opening with $9.09 million on Friday, Total Recall did register an opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.81 to 1, which is very solid for its genre.
Given this weekend's modest domestic start, the international performance of Total Recall will be especially important. This weekend Total Recall grossed $6.2 million from 12 foreign markets. It should be noted that the film didn't open in larger markets this weekend. Early highlights in smaller markets this weekend included $1.3 million in Taiwan and $1.0 million in Malaysia.
Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days placed in third with $14.62 million. The third installment of the franchise opened with a respectable $5.84 million on Friday, but somewhat surprisingly fell 13.5 percent on Saturday and was only able to register an opening weekend ratio of 2.50 to 1. While Dog Days carries a modest price-tag, the film's performance was clearly lackluster this weekend when considering 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. Going forward Dog Days will hope to generate stronger holding power than Rodrick Rules did, thanks to the aid of summer midweek business. Dog Days received a promising A- rating on CinemaScore.
Internationally, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days grossed $2.6 million from five foreign markets this weekend, with $2.4 million of that sum coming from the United Kingdom.
Fellow Fox release Ice Age: Continental Drift fell two spots and 36 percent from last weekend to finish in fourth this weekend with $8.61 million. The fourth installment of the highly successful computer animated franchise has grossed $132.07 million through 24 days of domestic release. Continental Drift continues to perform far stronger internationally, as it grossed $33.3 million from 62 foreign markets this weekend. That brings the film's international total to $587.6 million and worldwide haul to $719.6 million.
In other box office news, Universal's Ted surpassed the $200 million domestic mark on Saturday. The R-rated comedy blockbuster reached the mark in 37 days and is the eighth release of 2012 to reach the milestone. Ted fell just 23 percent to place in seventh this weekend with $5.64 million. The 38-day total for Ted stands at $203.58 million.