BOX OFFICE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Hits $71M Worldwide: $30.6M At Midnight Screenings

We've already had some box office figures for The Dark Knight Rises, but the official numbers now reveal an even better result than expected. Warner Bros. insiders also claim that the tragedy in Colorado has done little to slow down ticket sales.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/20/2012

Deadline reports that the official number for North American midnight showings is in fact $30.640 million. A total of $2.232 million came from IMAX screenings, while this record obviously shatters the one set earlier in the year by Marvel's The Avengers. With a strong international opening, the highly anticipated threequel from Christopher Nolan has amassed a worldwide cume of $71 million. While there's no doubting that it will beat The Dark Knight's opening weekend record of $158 million, the question now remains over whether or not it will topple the $207.4 million earned by The Avengers. Meanwhile, a Warner Bros. insider tells the site that the tragic shooting in Colorado has done little to effect its box office haul. "What happened in Colorado is a tragedy, make no mistake about it. But East Coast numbers are coming in like nothing ever happened. We grossed half a million dollars by 10 AM just in Manhattan. One incident, as horrific as it is, does not necessarily cause people to want to change their patterns. Young people still want to go to movie theaters and they still want to see this movie." The fact is, The Dark Knight Rises has already made over $30 million in pre-sales, so it won't lose that money regardless of whether moviegoers turn up this weekend. We won't see what impact that has truly had until late tomorrow or early Sunday. Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place.






Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight." The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.


STARRING:

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine as Alfred
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
Tom Hardy as Bane
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Josh Pence as Ra's Al Ghul

RELEASE DATE: July 20th, 2012


Source: Deadline
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avengersftw - 7/20/2012, 12:13 PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Supes17 - 7/20/2012, 12:13 PM
It's the only film that has a chance at beating it...

But it doesn't matter who the record holder is by the end of the day...

Avatar 2 will beat it when it comes out anyway
Sabconth - 7/20/2012, 12:25 PM
Here's the simple, harsh facts;

WITH 3D The Dark Knight Rises would have obliterated The Avengers opening, there is no doubt about that now. It's sold more tickets, so if it had the 3D surcharge it would have beaten Avengers easily.

But it doesn't have 3D & the awful Aurora shooting 'will' harm it's opening weekend. To what extent I don't know, but it will be felt.

Obviously how much this movie makes in it's OW is not a big deal right now, and if it underperforms (which due to the shooting is a very real outcome) I highly doubt any Marvel fan is about to declare victory in the wake of everything that has so far been going against this movie.

ksommer - 7/20/2012, 12:29 PM
@Sabconth don't get me wrong, as a marvel fan, I wanted Avengers to win it. But not like this.

After last night, it does not matter anymore. I could care less who owns that record. Last night did put things into perspective.
Minotauro - 7/20/2012, 12:29 PM
Impressive overall. Avengers didn't even amass this much. But will have to wait and see by sunday.
thatdylhooper - 7/20/2012, 12:30 PM
Unfortunately Colorado will probably boost ticket sales
lapress - 7/20/2012, 12:32 PM
bittersweet.
Minotauro - 7/20/2012, 12:34 PM
@lapress - bittersweet to the great CBM trilogy.
Maxi91291 - 7/20/2012, 12:34 PM
great news
Fogs - 7/20/2012, 12:34 PM
Avengers == TDKR

BUT..

TDKR =/= Avengers
Deadpool101 - 7/20/2012, 12:38 PM
cool great movie loved it, not comparing it to Avengers enough is enough
Sabconth - 7/20/2012, 12:38 PM
@ksommer

Exactly right. I don't know how anyone could feel good if TDKR comes in lower than The Avengers after this. Considering the unfair circumstances, it would be a pretty hollow victory.

And as you said, at this point it really doesn't matter anymore.
FilmsFan - 7/20/2012, 12:40 PM
Yes!!

Great news!
JordanKing - 7/20/2012, 12:44 PM
I used to be excited about all this, but after all that's happened it's just a bit morbid now. There is no winner at the end of this. Game Over.
Erik10101 - 7/20/2012, 12:54 PM
My heart goes out to the family of all the shooting victims... :(

To be fair, The Avengers opened on a school day, so it lost out on school-age / college kids that might not have wanted to watch it on a school night. TDKR has an advantage of opening during the summer.

I'm not surprised at all. I don't expect TDKR to beat the Avengers' opening weekend record, but we'll see.
Varunn1602 - 7/20/2012, 12:54 PM
Oh my god. People now say that whoever is at the top doesnt matter BUT during The Avengers launch, people were like " It will beat the shit out of TDKR. SUCK IT NOLANITES!!!!!". It's nice to see people getting some sense to their.

A question btw, did grif ever like Iron Man, The Avengers, The Dark Knight(not rises)???
Varunn1602 - 7/20/2012, 12:55 PM
* head. Sorry
ksommer - 7/20/2012, 12:59 PM
@Bizarro Avengers had 18 mil overnight in the US. It opened up a week prior worldwide so it's a different type of measurement as it wasn't all within 24 hours.
Nubase - 7/20/2012, 1:00 PM
the movie will be success, either at the box office or critically acclaimed.

But in light of the events that took place, that argument should be put to rest.

l will go into the imax this sunday perhaps still feeling crappy but the movie should be honored in memory of those who died and l'm sure every showing will honor them.
PapaMidnite - 7/20/2012, 1:01 PM
@Fogs, perfeito!
NOLANITE - 7/20/2012, 1:01 PM
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iMVuze - 7/20/2012, 1:02 PM
It didn't surprise me that tdkr beat the midnight screenings considering that it's summer and when The Avengers came out in May most teenagers had school and said "up until 2 in the morning when I have to wake up at 6 just for a movie? naaa I am good".
InFamouslyCool - 7/20/2012, 1:02 PM
sadly this horrific tragedy will probably hurt ticket sales. i could imagine they'll be a few moms who wont allow their kids to see it, which is ridiculous.
Nomis1800 - 7/20/2012, 1:04 PM
Up to the 1 billion mark Bats!!!
Sabconth - 7/20/2012, 1:06 PM
@NOLANITE

You're trying way too hard.
DarkArts - 7/20/2012, 1:09 PM
@NOLANITE That Marvelite vs Nolanite stuff isnt funny today, nor was it ever.

Whats on peoples minds right now are the victims of last nights coward attack.
Victims like this beautiful girl, who was apparently one of those truly great people who we seem to lose in tragedies such as this.
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And just 14 or so hours ago she was Tweeting her friends about seeing TDKR
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BlackFlash - 7/20/2012, 1:13 PM
The record doesn't really bother me The Avengers is the first of many more to come, where as The Dark Knight Rises is a threequel of a great set of films, people kinda know what to expect from the past two. When The Avengers 2 roles round the success of the first will make it break records again.
WildCard12 - 7/20/2012, 1:15 PM
Bow down avengers bow down!!
Dunejedi - 7/20/2012, 1:15 PM
"numbers are coming in like nothing ever happened." Ugh.
aztecRaingod - 7/20/2012, 1:22 PM
Its a terrible tragedy no doubt, but Warner Brothers should press on with their final Batman Stanza.

They shouldnt let a tragedy caused by a madman affect the movie,in fact, people need to see this movie more than ever now.

People need to see the good guy take the bad guy down.

Onward, Warner Brothers.
musashi - 7/20/2012, 1:29 PM
That Warner's insider comes across like a money hungry idiot. "East coast numbers are coming in like nothing ever happened." prick!

@darkmetal that's so sad. She was just a fan, crazy about Batman :-(
BANEofExistence - 7/20/2012, 1:40 PM
I'm so proud to say that I had faith in this movie since day 1! Through all the comlaints and gripes people had, I always knew this would be the Movie of 2012 and possibly one of the greatest pieces of Cinematography ever created and my only response is to all the haters ad Marvelites that shit on this film since day 1 ...suck it!
BooYah - 7/20/2012, 1:40 PM
Who even cares about how much it makes anymore? Like I said in the other article:

They should DEFINATELY pull it from theatres for a while. I for one will not be seeing this movie in theatres untill all this cools down. This guy started something I fear there may be copycats. Shut down all theatres untill we can get proper safety precautions installed.
pud333 - 7/20/2012, 1:43 PM
I don't think the shooting will effect things too much unless WB ends up pulling the movie. Most major theaters have already sold out in my area and I suspect that is the case elsewhere.
DarkArts - 7/20/2012, 1:45 PM
@Vegakingblade Well said. None of us had any idea how truly ignorant some of us here were, until now.

THORION76 - 7/20/2012, 1:45 PM
R.I.P ALL WHO LOST THERE LIVES AT THE THEATER.

NOW LISTEN UP ALL YOU NOLAN ASSES/WEADON BITCHES ITS TIME TO SHUT YOUR STUPID MOUTHS AND GROW UP !!!!!

AS COMIC/CBM FANS WE SHOULD ALL BE HAPPY THAT OUR CBM'S/SCI-FI MOVIES ARE PURELY DOMINATING THE BOX OFFICE.

STOP ALL THE CRYING AND ENJOY THE FACT THAT YOU CAN STILL GO TO THE THEATRE TO WATCH THE MOVIES...
LAXtremest - 7/20/2012, 1:51 PM
Wow, people are still getting into this??? People are DEAD. That whole arguement should not be spoken of anymore. Have some [frick]ing respect people. Jesus Christ.
marcel - 7/20/2012, 2:00 PM
I had no idea how fickle some of you people are until witnessing your shit today. For the most part, people have been respectful on both sides and I have a new found respect for you, but some of you asshats have solidified my suspicions that you are either children who need a lessen in manners or adults who are beyond saving and are a complete waste of space.
KidfromBrooklyn - 7/20/2012, 2:02 PM
Seriously? Is this Marvelite/Nolanite shit still going on ?

Comic book fans, movie fans, humans enjoying themselves in a theater died during what was supposed to be one of the happiest moments of their lives, and all we can think about is this stupid rivalry?

This tragedy should bring us all together and help us to end this feud. We should recognize the more important things in life. We should remember those who lost their lives. We should be proud that we are getting these movies in our lifetime.

I am neither a Marvelite nor a Nolanite. I am a comic book movie fan.
KidfromBrooklyn - 7/20/2012, 2:06 PM
And don't forget, that could've happened to any one of us. Be grateful you're still alive.
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