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Published August 05 2012

‘Dark Knight’ tops box office for 3rd week with $36.4M

“The Dark Knight Rises” topped the box office for the third week in a row, making $36.4 million this past weekend.

The finale in Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy has now made nearly

$355 million domestically alone, according to Sunday estimates from Warner Bros.

“Total Recall,” starring Colin Farrell in a new take on the thriller that provided Arnold Schwarzenegger with one of his best-loved actions roles in 1990, opened in second place with $26 million, Columbia Pictures said.

And the Fox family comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” debuted at No. 3 with $14.7 million.

Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman said he wasn’t surprised by the film’s strong showing in its third week; it only dropped 41 percent compared to the 43 percent drop in week three that “The Dark Knight” experienced in 2008. He also said the film is getting back on track to perform at its expected pace following the opening-night shooting in Aurora, Colo., that left 12 dead and 58 others injured.

“The support from audiences across North America has been outstanding,” Fellman said. “The movie speaks for itself, and the unfortunate tragedy that took place hurt everyone. We’re obviously very moved by the events that took place.”

“The Dark Knight Rises” has now set an IMAX record, he said, with nearly

$48 million of the film’s gross coming from the large-screen format.

Rory Bruer, Sony’s president of worldwide distribution, said “Total Recall” opened close to the studio’s high-$20 million estimate. But it was also No. 1 in many of the dozen international markets in which it opened, including India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand for a total of

$6.2 million. It expands to Europe and Latin America in upcoming weeks.

Farrell stars in this version of the futuristic Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” as a man who struggles to piece together his memory after he discovers the life he’s been living is a fabrication. Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel co-star.

Estimated ticket sales were for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released today.

1. “The Dark Knight Rises,” $36.4 million.

2. “Total Recall,” $26 million. ($6.2 million international.)

3. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” $14.7 million.

4. “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” $8.4 million.

5. “The Watch,” $6.35 million.

6. “Ted,” $5.5 million. ($32 million international.)

7. “Step Up Revolution,” $5.7 million.

8. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” $4.3 million.

9. “Brave,” $2.9 million. ($2 million international.)

10. “Magic Mike,” $1.4 million.