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The Dark Knight Rises remains atop in US as The Watch flops

The Dark Knight Rises

Story by Jack Foley

THE Dark Knight Rises remains at the top of the US box office despite competition from new openings The Watch and Step Up 4: Miami Heat, continued movie-going reluctance in the wake of last week’s Colorado shootings and the start of the Olympics.

Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie took $64.1 million to bring its US total so far to a weighty 10-day figure of $289.1 million. World-wide, the film is due to end the weekend with a gross in excess of $500 million.

There was bad news, however, for the big two new releases in multiplexes as viewers largely stayed away from both of them.

The Watch, a big budget comedy featuring the combined talents of Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade who play a group of neighborhood watch volunteers attempting to stop an alien attack, could only muster a meager $13.5 million.

The sci-fi comedy cost an estimated $68 million to produce before marketing costs, so it’s opening figure has to rate as a disappointment.

Step Up 4, meanwhile, opened to $11.8 million, well short of the previous three films in the dance franchise pic – Step Up 3 opened to $15.8 million.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift did continue to perform well, however, taking a further $13.3 million, as did Mark Wahlberg comedy Ted, which is now approaching the $200 million mark in the US. Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy has now grossed $193.7 million and is released in UK cinemas this coming Wednesday (August 1).

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