Monday UPDATE: Yes, I was a bit off with the cash call on the Recall reboot. While I'm not making excuses, who'd have guessed a decently entertaining sci-fi effects-athon would essentially bomb at the box office? This much I know for certain, after Fright Night and now this, Colin Farrell should strongly consider finding original material for his next project.
1) The Dark Knight Rises $36M
2) Total Recall $25M
3) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days $15M
4) Ice Age: Continental Drift $9M
It's been 22 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger paid a visit to Rekall and delivered the now classic line: "Consider that a divorce". Hollywood has hit the Total Recall reboot button this weekend as Colin Farrell takes over for the ex-Governator in Len Wiseman's razzle-dazzle re-rub. Seeing as it's been a couple of months since the last sci-fi extravaganza, Prometheus, Recall should reel in some quality cash, especially with Batman starting to wind down his run at the box office.
- Total Recall ($40M) - With its PG-13 rating and electrifying special effects, Total Recall is in the perfect position to pull off an end-of-the-summer surprise with an unexpectedly solid opening. Nix the naysayers, the film is a non-stop adrenaline rush that borders on a special effects bludgeoning - in a good way.
- The Dark Knight Rises ($35M) - Batman has banked over $320M domestically and another $250M overseas. Still running behind its predecessor, The Dark Knight, in the cash department.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ($24M) - Ideal timing for the third edition of the Wimpy Kid franchise seeing as the kiddos are still out for summer vacay. Ready for a shocker? The first two flicks deposited a combined $115M in Fox's bank account.
- The Watch ($7M) - Redefined "tank-job" in its opening weekend. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn are both beginning to lose their B.O. cred.