‘Bourne,’ ‘Campaign’ bump Batman from No. 1 spot

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“We hope so,” Warner distribution boss Fellman said. “We hope they run their campaigns a little more professionally than the one in the movie, but sometimes, you have to wonder.”

Sony’s “Hope Springs,” featuring Streep and Jones as a couple in marriage therapy at a weeklong retreat, had a modest start but drew strongly among older women, a crowd that does not tend to rush out in big numbers over opening weekend.

Rory Bruer, Sony’s head of distribution, said the studio hopes the film will have a long shelf life at theaters as women talk it up to friends.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is nearing $400 million domestically and will become only the second film in Warner Bros. history to reach that mark. The first was 2008’s “The Dark Knight,” the middle chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which topped out at $533.3 million.

Revenues for the finale are running 12 percent behind “The Dark Knight,” which had climbed to $441.6 million at the same point in its theatrical run.

While the Colorado shootings may have scared away some viewers, the Olympics have dampened Hollywood’s overall business as fans stay home to watch the games. “The Dark Knight” also had an advantage the new film lacks: a mesmerizing, Academy Award-winning performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker, with the actor’s death helping to fuel anticipation for the film.

“All things considered, `The Dark Knight Rises’ is doing incredibly well,” Dergarabedian said.

“The Dark Knight Rises” has proven more popular than its predecessor overseas, where it has taken in $445.3 million to give it a worldwide total of $835 million. The finale is on track to top the $468 million international total of “The Dark Knight.”

Estimated ticket sales 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 Monday.

1. “The Bourne Legacy,” $40.3 million ($7.8 million international).

2. “The Campaign,” $27.4 million ($2.1 million international).

3. “The Dark Knight Rises,” $19.5 million ($34.2 million international).

4. “Hope Springs,” $15.6 million.

5. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” $8.2 million ($1 million international).

6. “Total Recall,” $8.1 million ($18.7 million international).

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