Colin Farrell is having trouble forgetting Batman at the domestic box office.
According to Friday afternoon estimates, Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is in line for a third-consecutive weekend B.O. victory with approximately $32 million, while Sony’s “Total Recall” redo should land between $27 million to $28 million for the frame — hardly an eye-popping debut for the big-budget sci-fi actioner.
Based on the 1990 pic starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the PG-13 “Recall” is aiming for $9 million Friday with an updside of $10.5 million, but — considering the film’s $125 million pricetag — the numbers aren’t encouraging. By comparison, Schwarzenegger’s R-rated “Recall” opened to $25.3 million more than 20 years ago.
“It’s about on par with what ‘The A-Team’ did a few years back,” one analyst observes. “And ‘Bourne’s’ (Legacy) around the corner; this is not good.”
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Starring Farrell and helmed by Len Wiseman, “Recall” marks another B.O. disappointment for Farrell. Last time the Irish thesp opened an action film above $30 mil was 2003’s “S.W.A.T.”, another Sony feature.
“The Dark Knight Rises,” meanwhile, is approaching $600 million worldwide two weeks after the shooting in Aurora, Colo. After trailing “The Dark Knight” in week-to-week sophomore sesh comparisons, “TDKR” is currently neck-and-neck with the second Batman film (43% drop) in its third frame.
Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” this weekend’s other new release, is toughing it out in third place with $6.5 million to $7 million for the day and $18 million for the frame.
Pic is the studio’s third installment in the “Wimpy Kid” series, based on the popular kids books by Jeff Kinney.