Weekend box office receipts are down sharply due to a combination of the London Olympics and the Aurora shooting massacre at the screening of new Batman flick, “Dark Knight Rises.” Twentieth Century Fox summer comedy, “The Watch,” starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, opened with a sluggish $4.5 million Friday.
“The Watch“ earned a mediocre C+ from CinemaScore. Summit Entertainment’s “Step Up Revolution,” grossed $4.9 million. It is expected that “The Watch” will beat “Step Up Revolution” when the final estimates are in Sunday.
Dark Knight Rises is expected to earn in the $59 million range for the weekend, compared to a $75 million second weekend for Dark Knight. Dark Knight Rises ended Friday with a $243 million haul.