And … we’re back! As expected, The Dark Knight Rises cruised into first place at the box office this weekend with relative ease, besting both new releases with a haul of $64 million, as we reported earlier today. The Watch did not continue where the R-rated Ted left off, pulling in only $13 million in its debut, which was only good enough for third place. Meanwhile, Step Up: Revolution fell slightly off the pace of its predecessor, Step Up 3D ($15.8 million opening weekend), snagging $11.8 million and fourth place.
Moving from box office numbers to critical response, perhaps each film’s lackluster performance can be attributed to bad reviews. The Watch is currently sitting at a paltry 15% Rotten over at Rotten Tomatoes, with Step Up: Revolution just barely beating it with 35% Rotten. Contrary to what we’ve been told, it would appear as if not everything is made better with a dance sequence.
Now we want to hear from you. What did you think of the weekend’s new releases? Vote in the poll below, then feel free to expand on your thoughts in the comments. Are we tiring of the Step Up franchise? Would the excellent comedic ensemble (Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade) have worked better if they had toned down from an R-rating to a PG-13 and maybe lost the alien invasion angle?
Sound off below!