BOX OFFICE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Now Looks Set For A $163 Million Weekend

Lower than previously predicted, The Dark Knight Rises now looks set to finish the weekend with a still record breaking (for the highest 2D opening ever) $163 million. Whether the tragic shooting on Friday has played a role in this remains unclear. Read on for details.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/22/2012

Deadline reports that after taking roughly $77.2 million on Friday (giving it the third highest opening ever and the best gross in a single day for a 2D movie), The Dark Knight Rises dropped on Saturday with $46.2 million and is now expected to make $39.3 million today. That takes its 3-day weekend total to $163 million (give or take), although it's possible that figure will completely change by close of business today. Why? Well, Warner Bros. and various other tracking agencies have decided to withhold official domestic and worldwide numbers until Monday as a mark of respect to those affected by the shooting in Colorado. These estimates are usually fairly close to the final figure, but this is a very uncertain weekend as it is impossible to predict what kind of impact that tragedy has had on the box office performance of the highly anticipated finale to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. The film does now hold the accolade of having the highest ever opening for a 2D picture, although it certainly won't come close to toppling the $207.4 million collected by Earth's Mightiest Heroes when Marvel's The Avengers hit the big screen back in May (however, it's worth bearing in mind that over $30 million of that came from the higher priced 3D tickets). You can read my 5* review of The Dark Knight Rises by clicking HERE.

1. The Dark Knight Rises (Legendary/Warner Bros) NEW [4,404 Theaters]
Friday $77.2M, Saturday $46.2M, Weekend $163M

2. Ice Age 4 (Blue Sky/Fox) Week 2 [3,886 Theaters]
Friday $6.8M, Saturday $8.0M, Weekend $20.6M (-56%), Cume $90.1M

3. The Amazing Spider-Man (Columbia/Sony) Week 3 [3,753 Theaters]
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.4M, Weekend $11.1M, Cume $229.1M

4. Ted (MRC/Universal) Week 4 [3,214 Theaters]
Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.0M, Weekend $10.3M, Cume $180.7M

5. Brave (Pixar/Disney) Week 5 [2,899 Theaters]
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.3M, Weekend $5.7M, Cume $209.3M







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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AmazingFantasy - 7/22/2012, 2:57 AM
It's sad that such a shit kids called Ice Age 4 is beating the greatest Spider-Man movie made. Keep calm Spidey fans, 2014 will be ours.

Good for TDKR though, keep it coming.
JerBear - 7/22/2012, 2:59 AM
Below Potter? Ehem... wow, people were really overhyping how anticipated this movie was... either that or it's less than expected opening weekend is due to the shootings.
JerBear - 7/22/2012, 3:02 AM
@TheGoddamnDeadpool
Ice Age came out more recently, what'd you expect?
JDUKE25 - 7/22/2012, 3:06 AM
Sad, but I definitely think it had some form of effect on people going to the movies. I think it probably would have made at least $20 million more if it weren't for that piece of s#it.

The media needs to cut back on covering this story though.
REDSTORM - 7/22/2012, 3:24 AM
I remember reading a CBS poll that 57% of people voted that the shootings have made them avoid seeing TDKR.
sirbonesalot - 7/22/2012, 3:35 AM
@REDSTORM: I get that but not seeing it cause of the shooting lets him get what he wants and that is to be a mother [frick]ing piece of shit who is a joker wannabe..... He should be given experimental drugs and shit to make him a kid again and then should be put in a cell with Jerry Sandusky's Diddling ass...........

Also his shit eating grin on the front page needs to be taken down........ [frick] that guy...............
Harris1 - 7/22/2012, 3:40 AM
I didn't think it would surpass Avengers financially. It's too dark and grim for families to take kids to. I did think it would do better with critics on Rotten Tomatoes though and it didn't. As for Avengers 3d ticket sells, let's not forget TDKR also picked up higher priced IMAX ticket sales. In some markets IMAX is more expensive than 3d. So that doesn't have much bearing on the record. But in the end, I think the long running time, the movie not being family friendly and the legacy of the dark knight might have effected this pic big time. I think the Nolan and bat fans came out but not too many average citizens were hyped. Bane isn't that well known and Catwoman isn't a big draw. We'll see if word of mouth is as big for this as it was for the Avengers.
Coachella - 7/22/2012, 3:46 AM
I'm so pissed. I have seen The Dark Knight Rises three times and it's very good film. At my theather which was packed at the midnight screening had only seven people watching it on Saturday. There's no commercials on tv about TDKR. I'm not saying it would have beat Avengers for sure but you can make a strong case the film atleast lost ten to twenty million. I hope that sob gets the death penalty. This was suppose to be a great weekend but now people are scared of going to the movies.
Knightrider - 7/22/2012, 3:47 AM
@Harris1 Avengers was also shown at IMAX and was also shown in IMAX 3D.
Ceejay - 7/22/2012, 3:49 AM
OF COURSE IT EFFECTED THE BOX OFFICE! God don't people read the news? Lots of cinemas in the US cancelled showings especially their after midnight ones because of the massacre. They even cancelled the première in France.

At one point it was neck and neck with Avengers but now we'll never know because some half-wit in a country where your free to buy an assault rifle, an assortment of handguns and a shit load of ammunition goes unquestioned as if one is buying a happy meal at McDonalds!
Knightrider - 7/22/2012, 3:49 AM
And yes it isn't family friendly, which is a good thing, as I prefer my bat films dark and made for a more mature audience, just feel that tone works with batman.
NOLANITE - 7/22/2012, 3:50 AM
God damn it.
This movie deserves more than that.
It was expected 25% higher than that.
I hate the idiot who jacked this up.

I still think this is the movie of the year and will
Watch this again today again and again and again.

Damn marvelites.
Swarley - 7/22/2012, 3:52 AM
Yeah IMAX is more expensive, but it's not like there located everywhere. I do believe the shooting has really effected this move.
All you see on Facebook/Twitter is people scared about going.
Marqy47 - 7/22/2012, 3:58 AM
Yes NOLANITE ... damn them ! It is their fault, right ?
Gottostophate - 7/22/2012, 3:59 AM
Without a doubt the shootings effected the BO. Let hope this does not have a ever lasting effect. Do not be afraid to go to movies. Look anytime you are in a big crowd of people you take that slim chance that some crazy asshole will take his shit out on a lot of people.
iJackSparrow - 7/22/2012, 4:02 AM
Okay, people. I want to say first that very much like anyone else here, I'm deeply touched about what happened in Denver. I have no qualms about saying that I didn't sleep last Friday and cried a hell lot about the fate of the victims. I'm gutted like everyone else, but there's something that it's really bothering me and it's getting ridiculous:

STOP PUTTING ALL THE BLAME FOR THIS UNDERPERFORMING OVER THE SHOOTING.

Does it has an effect? Yes. Of course it has. But I don't think is half as much as people are overreacting. Fact is that people overpredicted this film and most of all, overhyped the film beyond ad nauseam. I've seen it tonight and it has more plot holes and characters acting completely out of character that I could count.

I know that people are in shock but these is a result of a several factors more than anything else. And if you go check social networks and do a simple search of "Dark Knight sucked" or "Batman sucked" the numbers are far more alarming than those of people saying that they aren't going to the movies because they are afraid of shootings. Am I being insensible about people scared? No, I agree that there're people out there afraid to go to the movies. Thing is that a great of contingent of those who did aren't that pleased with the film, and they are been pretty vocal about that online.

There was too much talk about Best Picture nominations, too much talk about breaking records, too much talk about how easily this would be a better film than The Dark Knight that I feel that people are coming out of the theaters feeling cheated.

With that said, it's still a better film than Raimi's Spider-Man 3, but barely. Comparisons with that film are fair, and that's what most of you are still taking for granted: the word of mouth for this film just isn't there, nothing like TDK, The Avengers or even The Hunger Games were. It will still make a lot of money and a reboot is already in works.

So yeah, go to the movies today, watch The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers. Stop the petty fanboy flame wars. But stop pretending that the shooting is the single one thing avoiding this film of breaking records. It isn't.
HULK2099 - 7/22/2012, 4:02 AM
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Ceejay - 7/22/2012, 4:05 AM
@TheGoddamnDeadpool - You really can't blame Ice Age for beating Spider-man, the movie for most people seemed pointless. It's Box office died quicker than any of the Sam Raimi trilogy flicks even the much hated Spider-man 3. It's been released for 20 days now and is tracking far behind its predecessors despite the advantage of inflation and 3D ticket prices!

The Amazing Spider-man, 20 day box office = $220 million
Spider-man 1, 20 day box office = $295 million
Spider-man 2, 20 day box office = $308 million
Spider-man 3, 20 day box office = $287 million

I know a lot of fans here thought it would have nearly as huge an impact as Avengers and even beat TDKR. But clearly TDKR will be passing it by next weekend without even breaking a sweat and despite the hindrance of the tragic shootings.
Gottostophate - 7/22/2012, 4:06 AM
NOLANITE why you got to say stuff like that for. Stop with the hate really. This Marvel vs DC is bullshit. It always was and always will be. The fanboys and the people on this fourm take it way more serious than the actually companies do. You really think that DC and Marvel companies hate each other. No they dont. They actually contribute with one another and their actually pretty close. Bob Cane and Stan Lee had lunch like everyday and where real good friends. Please stop with this stupid Marvlenite bullshit as well. It childish and stupid.
Gottostophate - 7/22/2012, 4:08 AM
iJackSparrow that your opinion.
Ceejay - 7/22/2012, 4:09 AM
@Josh Wilding - "Whether the tragic shooting on Friday has played a role in this remains unknown"

They closed cinemas and cancelled after midnight showings in many theatres around the country, how's that "Unkown"?
Gottostophate - 7/22/2012, 4:10 AM
HULK2099 and iJackSparrow. Sorry but right now you comments are distasteful right now.
Mego - 7/22/2012, 4:15 AM
The shootings were a horrible act of cowardice.

And as horrible as the shootings were, the News Media became the shooters publicity staff. The News Media gladly became the Publicity Machine for James Holmes Mass Murderer INC.
Squish - 7/22/2012, 4:15 AM
I loved the dark knight rises but am so glad that it failed to surpass the Avengers because of you annoying nolanite trolls.
Lightsplasher - 7/22/2012, 4:18 AM
I approve Squish comment
Coachella - 7/22/2012, 4:19 AM
For someone to say what happened in Auora Colorado had no affect especially in this weekends box office is insane.
iJackSparrow - 7/22/2012, 4:20 AM
@Ceejay

As a reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man is already the highest grossing in box office history. It's the best Spider-Man film to date as TheGoddamnDeadpool said and it's getting excellent WOM. It was destined to be affected by TDKR opening weekend, but it should have a steady run to $250m dommestically, going for $700m-$800m worldwide.

TDKR shouldn't be able to reach The Amazing Spider-Man until the next weekend, and even so both will have legs. Truth is that after the flame war about the "unnecessary reboot", that film gets good word of mouth for being a good film, while TDKR is looking far more like Spider-Man 3. Will it make more than The Amazing Spider-Man domestically? No doubt, but it will be far more close to TASM than it'll be at The Avengers, as most of the more reasonable people were predicting before the release date.
Nicksta411 - 7/22/2012, 4:21 AM
The Amazing Spider-Man was an amazing movie, and what it is lacking now in box-office numbers will be made up for during the sequel when stupid people pull their heads out of their asses and watch it, be it in the theatre, at home on glorious Blu-Ray which The Amazing Spider-Man will look amazing in, or even downloading it, I don't care. The movie in my opinion was a huge success and to all the people giving it a bad rep need to chill out because look at Batman Begins it's box office was worse than The Amazing Spider-Man.

Anyways, back to the main issue here which is I completely agree 100% with iJackSparrow, he makes some really great arguments. The way I look at it is, if people want to see the movie they will go see the movie bad enough they will, a lot of people don't let something like this derail their lives and I think that is what people should do. It was a horrible thing that happened and I feel horrible that these people had to go through that. That said we still do not know what his motive was people need to stop acting like his soul purpose was to derail the success of this film, unless that is what he intended.

Be it as it may Nolanites, you need to get over the fact that the world does not revolve around The Dark Knight Rises.
Danbojohnj - 7/22/2012, 4:23 AM
Nolanite trolls are just the same as Marvel trolls.

Annoying and immature as hell.
My films better than yours...really?
iJackSparrow - 7/22/2012, 4:24 AM
@Gottostophate

I don't think they are distasteful at all. What I think it's distasteful is people putting all the blame for this underperforming over American people been afraid of going to movie theaters. Of course it's playing an effect, but what about the bad word of mouth of those who watched the film and thought it was a bad film? What about people outside online fanbases that got caught with the crazy overhype over the film and got disappointed after seen it? Isn't that playing a factor as well? That's my point. It isn't like everyone stopped going to the movies, it's still making crazy numbers for a 2D film.
Banner - 7/22/2012, 4:24 AM
The shooting made me avoid the movie, maybe I'll watch it later this month.

@hulk2099 what's so funny about TDKR not beating The Avengers? I'm sure the Avengers won't beat TDKR story wise. Avengers are for kid's stuff while Nolans film I believe are intended for intelligent people like me.
FilmsFan - 7/22/2012, 4:26 AM
This is a joke that people didn't like TDKR!
Cinamascore audiences gave it A! Same as TDK!

It opened to 30 million Mid-Night just showed HOW much interest was their!
It's just the worst Opeining any film could ever had!
Surely shooting dented it completely!
If it would have happened at any other film show; it still would've affected!
People do get scared & hence they choose not to go untill for few more day to see if everything's getting Normal!

BoxOfficeMojo's prediction was a little big but certainly based on FACTS; 214 Millon Opening maybe a bit too much of prediction but everyone though 180-190 is a certain figure!
Now the idiots & haters which have gathered here are not gona accept!
But that's ok! It was gona happen!

After all the controversies TDKR is going though last week; it's just sad sad thing!
Nolan will be pissed more than BANE when he saw BAT symbol on bridge!!
It's really the worst opening any film could've had!
People cant even enjoy the film dude to tragedy!
JDUKE25 - 7/22/2012, 4:30 AM
People......when 9/11 happened, don't you think people were hesitant about flying for a while? Umm.....yeah.

When I was younger, I was in a car accident because two idiots were racing. I had just pulled out of my driveway, gone maybe 150 feet, and when I got over the hill here come these dumbasses flying towards me and one of them hits me head on. After that I didn't drive anywhere for about two weeks.

Of course the shooting has had an effect on this movie and any other movies this weekend. Don't try and act like the main reason it didn't do as well as predicted is because it's not good or people don't care as much about it. Just stop with that B.S.

I never thought it would beat Avengers, but I definitely think it would've made AT LEAST $20 million more if that SOB hadn't done what he did.
MisterFixit - 7/22/2012, 4:30 AM
I do not think that the tragedy has
affected a lot. The executive of Warner stated that the matinee the next day went very well, as if nothing had happened. I estimate that at most he could collect about ten million more
UltimaRex - 7/22/2012, 4:34 AM
@iJackSparrow. Yes the "underperformance" (though I wouldn't call the biggest non-3D opening "underperformng") is due to the Colorado shooting.

Cancelled showings.

Extra police at showings at New York.

CLOSED CINEMAS.

My mother was around when I was going to TDKR for the second time. She voiced concern over "copycats".

We live in Oxford England.

You have NO idea how the human mind works.
brickwall - 7/22/2012, 4:37 AM
Well look who crawled out of the woodwork, none other than the biggest TDKR troll @ijacksparrow.

The shitfest that was TASM still got owned, I would suggest you crawl back to wherever you came from.
iJackSparrow - 7/22/2012, 4:37 AM
@Filmsfan

Cinemascore ratings:

The Avengers A+ with the four quadrants
The Amazing Spider-Man A with older than 18 and A+ with teens.
The Dark Knight Rises got an A

Is this good? Yes, it is. But in the end is meaningless. It's the public besides the midnight openings that the films have to conquer. The general audience. And the reaction for TDKR is been mixed at best.

As for BoxOfficeMojo, those were the predictions of ONE guy, Randy Subers. He is also a fan of Nolan's Batman. Just like you are. And if you take your time to read his tweets, he also looks disappointed with TDKR. That's what will hurt TDKR, not the shootings. The movie's quality and how people are reacting to it. Of course that the shooting will play an effect. But just like the death of Heath Ledger wouldn't be enough to overhype TDK without that film been a honest to God good film, the shooting - while OF COURSE having a negative effect - doesn't change the fact that the film is getting a fair share of mixed reactions. Saying anything less than that it's sugarcoating at best. If not an act of cowardry, since it's easy to blame America for getting scared to go to the movies without acknowledging that the reception isn't as great as TDK or The Avengers were.
UltimaRex - 7/22/2012, 4:39 AM
@iJackSparrow You talk of bad word of mouth. I know people who saw it because of good word of mouth.

Who's right I wonder?
TurtlesRAwesome - 7/22/2012, 4:40 AM
When they tracked the avengers, they were way low in their estimates. They overshot on this thinking it would be closer to the real number. The tragic shooting deterred some ($5m box office worth$) but it also gave the film's release non-stop coverage that probably raised awareness for others. These are not bad numbers they just didn't meet the unrealistic projections.

The darkness of the series does has an impact on who is interested to see it. It appeals more exclusively to men and parents who want to see it have to find sitters. It was never going to come close to The Avengers but it doesn't matter.
AmazingFantasy - 7/22/2012, 4:41 AM
Stop this Nolanite vs Marvelite bullshit and grow up @NOLANITE. What a pathetic idiot you are.

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