The Dark Knight Rises

After a huge $160+ million week to start, The Dark Knight Rises easily tops the box office for the second weekend in a row, beating out new releases such as Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn’s The Watch and the dance flick Step Up Revolution.

The final film in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy raked in over $64 million this weekend to take the film’s domestic total to over $289 million. But, it’s still lagging behind the staggering numbers of its predecessor, 2008’s The Dark Knight, which featured actor Heath Ledger as the Joker. By comparison, the 2008 film took a 53% drop in its second weekend with a gross of nearly $75.2 million and a 10-day cumulative gross of $313.8 million.

In at #2 is the animated family film, Ice Age: Continental Drift, which is still going strong in its third week. It made $13.3 million for a domestic total of nearly $114.9 million. The fourth movie in the 20th Century Fox franchise features the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah.

At #3 and #4 were the weekend’s new wide releases, both disappointing with their performances.

The Watch came in third place with $13 million. It features comic actors Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, who play a group of guys who come together to form a neighborhood watch. And, at #4, was the fourth film in the Step Up dance franchise, this one titled Step Up Revolution. It opened with $11.8 million.

Ted rounded out the top 5, taking in $7.3 million, as hits over a $193 million total in five weeks.

That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the Fox comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, and the anticipated 2012 reboot of Total Recall.

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1. “The Dark Knight Rises,” $64 million.
2. “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” $13 million.
3. “The Watch,” $13 million.
4. “Step Up Revolution,” $11.8 million.
5. “Ted,” $7.4 million.
6. “The Amazing Spider-Man,” $6.8 million.
7. “Brave,” $4.2 million.
8. “Magic Mike,” $2.6 million.
9. “Savages,” $1.8 million.
10. “Moonrise Kingdom,” $1.4 million.