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Batman sequel holds off Recall remake challenge

Colin Farrell in Total Recall
Image caption Colin Farrell plays Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2012 remake of Total Recall

The Dark Knight Rises is top at the North American box office for a third week, holding off a challenge from Colin Farrell's remake of Total Recall.

Industry estimates suggest the Batman sequel took $36.4 million (£23.4m) between Friday and Sunday.

Farrell's version of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger hit made its debut in second place, bringing in an estimated $26m (£16.7m) over the same period.

In third came Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, which opened with $14.7m (£9.4m).

The conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy easily saw off its rivals, taking its overall box office tally in the US and Canada to $354.6m (£227.8m).

In contrast, the Total Recall "reboot" failed to connect with moviegoers, making the same amount as the original film did when it opened two decades ago - a lesser sum once ticket price inflation is taken into account.

Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth instalment in the popular animated series, claimed fourth place this week with three-day takings of $8.4m (£5.4m).

It was followed at five by The Watch, a comedy starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, which brought in $6.5m (£4.1m) over the weekend.

Overall North American ticket sales were down roughly 28% compared with the same weekend last year, when Rise of the Planet of the Apes made more than $50 million in its opening weekend.

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