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Weekend Box Office Preview - THE DARK KNIGHT RISES set to top charts in sophomore weekend over THE WATCH, STEP UP: REVOLUTION

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Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dark Knight Rises looks set to post big numbers in its sophomore weekend ahead of wide newcomers The Watch and Step Up: Revolution.

After the horrific shooting in Aurora, Colorado deflated the film's results, the Christopher Nolan film should hold well, despite movie-goers still hesitant to visit theaters. The film starring Christian Bale and Tom Hardy's managed to rake in over $211.8 million domestically thus far, while overseas figures are now at around $125.3 million, from a $250 million production budget.

A film has never before been under such pressure to "Rise" above the tragedy. It's up to the fans support the film, at a time when it needs it most, something Americans are so capable of doing. So, will you rise, or fall down under the blanket of fear, and succumming to what was most-likely one of the target objectives of shooter James Holmes? Failure of the film so many worked so hard for. It's up to you. These are just our thoughts.

20th Century Fox's The Watch comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, debuts in 3,186 theaters, and could perform better than expected, luring in folks out for some laughs, who've chosen to steer clear of The Dark Knight Rises. Some say the film should gross in the mid-$10 million range, however, we put it at around $20-25 million.

In 2,567 theaters, dance flick Step Up: Revolution should easily stay off Ice Age: Continental Drift when comparing previous films in the franchise which have all grossed in the $15-$20 million range. Pic may end up switching places with The Watch which has been hammered by critics with an excruciatingly bad 13% positive score on Ouch. Step Up: Revolution's not exactly winning over critics either with 30%.

Previous Step Up Film Debuts:

- Step Up: $20.6 million on August 11th, 2006
- Step Up 2 the Streets: $18.9 million on February 14th, 2008.
- Step Up 3-D: $15.8 million on August 6th, 2010.

The field of indie openers is quite solid this weekend, being lead by Fox Searchlight's Ruby Sparks romantic comedy from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the makers of Little Miss Sunshine. Zoe Kazan scripts as well as starring alongside Paul Dano, Chris Messina, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Deborah Ann Wol and Elliot Gould. Pic finds 13 theaters.

Other openers include:

  • Sony Pictures Classics' Searching for Sugar Man documentary makes its debut in 3 locations with Malik Bendjelloul helming.
  • Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Juno temple and Gina Gershon starrer Killer Joe in 4 theaters via Lidell Entertainment.
  • Drafthouse Films' KLOWN in 6 theaters, starring  rank Hvam, Casper Christensen and Marcuz Jess Petersen.
  • Chen Kaige's Sacrifice from Samuel Goldwyn Films in 13 venues, lead by Ge Yu, Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bing-Bing, Zhang Xue-Qi, Vincent Zhao and Hai Qing.
  • IFC Films' Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry documentary directed by Alison Klayman in 5 New York and Los Angeles-based theaters.

Featured Video: The Watch Clip:

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