BOX OFFICE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Surprises With A $65M Weekend; Nearing $500M Global

Yesterday's projections had The Dark Knight Rises set to pull in only $55 million in it's second weekend, but a strong Saturday has bumped up the numbers to a healthier $65M weekend.

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By nailbiter111 - 7/29/2012


The Dark Knight Rises only pulled in $18M domestically on Friday, but deadline is reporting that Saturday's take was forty-two percent higher with $25.6M.

Domestically the film has pulled in a hefty $290M through Sunday, making it the 3rd highest number for a movie's first 10 days in release. Second highest is The Dark Knight which during that same stretch totaled $313.7M, and Marvel's The Avengers is the champ with an astounding $373M. The Dark Knight Rises will now become the third fastest to reach $300M.

Globally The Dark Knight Rises is nearing a half a billion in its first 10 days. Fantastic numbers, but still not on pace with Nolan's previous Batman film. Most of this is due to the shooting incident in Aurora, Colorado as 20%-25% of domestic moviegoers were still hesitant about seeing the film.

The Dark Knight Rises grossed $27.4M in 57 overseas markets for Friday. That brings the international cume to $176.1M after opening in big-ticket countries like Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, Japan this weekend. Saturday’s and Sunday’s overseas tally is still to come today.




The Dark Knight Rises is now playing at your local theater. The film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

Source: deadline
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JerBear - 7/29/2012, 1:16 AM
This movie is polarizing
Swarley - 7/29/2012, 1:57 AM
I love this movie!
NeoBaggins - 7/29/2012, 2:00 AM
Just saw it again.
typicalfanboy - 7/29/2012, 2:05 AM
they keep making high predictions, then 2 other articles come in saying "ya...it's not happening" then we get this one saying it's surpassed expectations? i don't get it. its like they want it to fail so badly, and when it doesn't they're like oh ya. here's what the real number is
BreakingBad - 7/29/2012, 2:08 AM
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Jollem - 7/29/2012, 2:21 AM
haha! silly dark horseites. dc and marvel are winning :)
BreakingBad - 7/29/2012, 2:22 AM
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GingerBird - 7/29/2012, 2:25 AM
TDKR needs a multiple viewings. The 4th time I was still picking up little nuggets of gold. Thanks for the masterpiece of a trilogy Nolan!!!
AsianVersionOfET - 7/29/2012, 2:26 AM
Can't wait to see it a third freakin time. My favorite movie of the year so far, and it will most likely be my favorite movie of the whole year by the time 2013 rolls around, just like Inception was my favorite of 2010, TDK of 2008, etc. etc.
"I am here to fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny!"
Luminescent - 7/29/2012, 2:29 AM
BreakingBad: What the [frick] :|
tonytony - 7/29/2012, 2:29 AM
I am someone who has been watching all the superhero films over the last 10 years, in fact i think the only one I chose to give a miss was "the Punisher" (but after watching it on tv im glad I did). I support all comic book adaptations and I think we are in a great period were hollywood finally respects the genre so gives it the attention and investment it deserves. But I can honestly say I have been left stunned by the attitude of some of the marvel fans on here. The proactive approach they have taken to trying to promote negativity around the dark knight rises is appalling. This was not the case with the avengers and most people hoped it would succeed so that those individual characters would get more movies. If everyone else had been proactively pushing negativity about marvel movies (of which there are a few coming so many chances to help fail) it wouldnt have been good for anybody not DC or marvel.The unnatural critical and commercial success of the dark knight pushed and cemented the perception of superhero flicks above the "just for kids" banner and made even stuffy critics who dismiss superhero movies as brain dead pop corn flicks to take notice and some suggested that heath ledger be nominated for an oscar for his portrayal of the joker, it meant Hollywood people realised that you could make a superhero film and really respect the source material and treat it with as much seriousness as other blockbusters and audiences would appreciate the fact its not silly or just about smashing things up. The great thing is that batman is propably the only character that could it make it work and the films have done just that. All comic book fans should be happy at how its been brought to life so well and that it has done so with so much success that batman is now regarded as the single most commercial character in Pop culture. A comic book.

one last thing- Nolanites as a term quite frankly is insulting, I thought the avengers was fun (mindless, but fun) it doesnt make me a "whedonite" i enjoyed the first two batman films in the late 80's and 90s it doesnt make a "burtonite" in fact he has made many films I dont like. Every time I read "Nolanite" i get a sense of jealousy that he didnt work his magic with the marvel brands. I think you guys should stop being lazy with your insults and just drop the term.

lastly the continued success of comic book movies is good for all of us, as it ultimately means studios invest more and that even more of our loved characters get the chance to go on the big screen. Support guys, no one wins when one of "our" movies doesnt.
AsianVersionOfET - 7/29/2012, 2:34 AM
@tonytony, I second that comment!
marvel72 - 7/29/2012, 2:36 AM
i'll see it again on blu-ray,its good but too long to watch at the cinema again.
MisterFixit - 7/29/2012, 2:39 AM
Not bad... 500 reached in 10 days but with only 40% foreigin as usually. So domestically 225 the first week, 105-110 the 2nd, 50-55 the 3rd etc. It will take a couple of months from now to reach 450-470 (generous estimates), but then it will be really hard to continue. At that point, if there will be similar rates to those of TDK
(53,2%-46,8%), TDKR will not have yet reached 900 worldwide. I
hope it manage to reach the billion, cause is well worth,
but it won't be easy this time.
batmanmovie2012 - 7/29/2012, 2:43 AM
Saw it for the third time today.
GUNSMITH - 7/29/2012, 2:48 AM
I'M GONNA MISS THIS INTERPRETATION OF BATMAN...

GUNSMITH - 7/29/2012, 2:49 AM
3 HOURS AND AFTER I STILL WANTED TO SEE MORE.
Joker08 - 7/29/2012, 2:57 AM
Marvelites. Nolanites.
Take this:


Avengers is great.
Rises is great.
Box-office revenue does not equate success to me.
I'd like Avengers just as much if it would have bombed, and I'd like Rises just as much if it were doing twice as well.
Ticket sales aren't tantamount to greatness.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - worldwide gross of $836,303,693...
The proof is right there.
As a Marvel comics and DC comics fan, Avengers and TDKR are two of the greatest movies I've ever seen. It's been a great year for CBM fans.
I wish we could all just celebrate this.
Nemeres - 7/29/2012, 3:05 AM
It's great that things are picking up. I went to see this today (well, yesterday, actually) and boy did this movie exhilarate the sh-t out of me. I'm watching it again tomorrow. Last movie I went to see more than once? (other than Avatar, but that was because I had to) The Dark Knight.
Jollem - 7/29/2012, 3:08 AM
@NailBiter111 - i read your tweeter about not liking the theme song for firefly. the hulk will now fix your ears so they work better :)

nailbiter111 - 7/29/2012, 3:23 AM
@jollem - thanks for the follow. do people really like the Firefly theme song? it's just seems so out of place for the show.
fedup - 7/29/2012, 3:32 AM
I think at this point the Nolanite/Marvelite/Whedonite ridiculousness is starting to wind down. Only a few people who absolutely insist on keeping it going are actually around these days. I'm not gonna say that anyone who identifies as one of these groups isn't a "real" fan, but I agree with what everyone else is saying: We should ALL be happy about good comic book movies regardless of which franchise/publisher we follow most.
risesrules - 7/29/2012, 3:32 AM
A justice league film would be awesome if it was done well...
Jollem - 7/29/2012, 3:33 AM
@ nailbiter - oh, for sure. my drinkin' buddy that introduced me to firefly and i bob our heads and sing stupidly to the song. i didn't know what to think when i first heard it but then it thought it fits when the whole "space western" deal. mal is a badass captain
MisterFixit - 7/29/2012, 3:52 AM
I'm more a Marvel fan, but I am a big batman supporter. I speak a little French, but not enough to understand everything perfectly.
But I went to see the film in the french Swiss in order not to wait another month. The film is very good but not great. Give a judgment more thoroughly when I have seen with my own language. You can not understand what ridiculous is to hear bane in French looooooool
Maxi91291 - 7/29/2012, 3:55 AM
Sweet ... its awesome it did better than expected ... I did my part
Cheeze187 - 7/29/2012, 4:09 AM
Man as much as I love Batman I still don't think rises was that great. It was a good movie but it was so predictable. Anyone with comic knowledge would have known Bane wasn't the one in the pit. I still hate Bane's voice, he speaks spanish, portugese, latin etc, not sean connory in a darth vader mask. BB and TDK are both better movies. I really want to praise and love this movie but I don't think is the "Movie of the year". That being said I still think it was a really good movie, it's just not as good as alot of people are trying to hype it up as. Avenger's has a slight edge I think.
sirbonesalot - 7/29/2012, 4:23 AM
Avengers is a better movie........... and no i am not Jizzing over the fact that TDKR isn't as great box office wise................ I honestly thought that TDKR would DOMINATE THE B.O.......... But here we are...........
BrickWall - 7/29/2012, 4:27 AM
@DoubleD I will gladly bet you $100 that this film makes 1 billion dollars in front of all these witnesses.

How about that I will actually go higher on the wager if you want.
BreakingBad - 7/29/2012, 4:34 AM
MY OPINION ON TDKR/AVENGERS COMPARISONS

Story: TDKR
Comedy: Avengers
Action: Tie (CGI vs. Realistic makes it even)
Drama: TDKR
Meaning/Symbolism: TDKR
Fun-ness (HATE THIS term): Avengers
Conclusion: TDKR
COMIC ACCURACY (BASED ON STORIES FROM THE COMICS, NOT DESIGNS): TDKR
Villain: TDKR
Heroes: Tie
Romance: Neither, to be honest, they both kinda sucked at it. TDKR at least attempted it though.

So theres my judgment
MisterFixit - 7/29/2012, 4:38 AM
@VegaKingBlade "Why are Nolanites pretending box
office doesn't matter now? Acting like it's just Marvel fans comparing
Avengers to Rises.
Have you blindly forgotten all the post just a couple weeks ago on here from Nolanites?" <--- you are very right,let's me to report some comment i've marked just for fun :-D


@KaLELnainotpyrKecnirP :
"JULY 20TH MARKS THE FALL OF THE AVENGERS AND MARVEL STUDIOS... ITS A DONE DEAL CALL IT A WRAP. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES WILL MAKE $215 MILLION DOLLARS OPENING WEEKEND.FACT!"

@robertneville: "@DoubleD - Only idiots keep repeating themselves. And you might have to eat your words come the weekend when
figures pick up again".

@Maximus: "The dark knight
came out 4 years ago without 3d and it made over 500 million domestic lol I garuantee it makes at least the same but probably more than that". "It will destroy spiderman for sure but it will be very close against the avengers
lol if it does beat it all this rivalry
nonsense will be over".
"don't worry the dark knight rises
will make quick work of the avengers lol I will laugh when it beats it's record"

@Nolanite: "This movie will outpace The avengers second and third weekend. Everyone I talk to are saying theyre gonna wait till
second or third weekend to go see it".
rocky - 7/29/2012, 4:39 AM
BreakingBad has the most severe case of "the pot calling the kettle black" I have ever witnessed

Oh and I think it's ridiculous to say that because a Batman solo film is close to what Avengers did that a Batman team up would do way more. The logic of more superheroes equaling more dollars is a bit flawed for the sole reason that it's mostly the same fans. It's a huge overlap, most Bat fans are Superman fans are WW fans etc etc, same with Marvel.

MisterFixit - 7/29/2012, 4:39 AM
also i've marked some marvel fan comment,but... They was right :-):-) sorry
BrickWall - 7/29/2012, 4:41 AM
@DoubleD where you at bro???

"The Dark Knight Rise will not and can not hit 1 billion. It running way behind TDK and TDK just hit 1 billion"

Do you want to stand by this statement you made???

MisterFixit - 7/29/2012, 4:45 AM
@BrickWall I afraid he is correct :-) read my post on page 1
BrickWall - 7/29/2012, 4:46 AM
@Vegetable are you brain dead, in what way is having a bet acting like a tough guy???
BrickWall - 7/29/2012, 4:49 AM
@DoubleD good stuff my friend we can settle this by PayPal when the film has run its course!

@MisterFixit I read your post and I understand where you're coming from, I still think this film will do the numbers.
Maxi91291 - 7/29/2012, 4:49 AM
@BreakingBad

Like it, ok , Ill play

Story: TDKR but I have many gripes with it ... plotholes
Comedy: Avengers
Action: Avengers
Drama: TDKR
Meaning/symbolism: I dont really understand this one
Fun-ness: Avengers
Conclusion: Tie (TDKR was an ending, The Avengers just the begining)
Comic accuracy: Avengers
Villain: Tie (Bane was cool but ... LOKI :D and Thanos-yes, he was the provider)
Heroes: Avengers
Romance: TDKR - Catwoman was sooo hot. But Im glad neither went down that romantic mushi-gushi road.
BrickWall - 7/29/2012, 5:02 AM
@DoubleD I hear your argument dude, lets see what happens.
SuperDan89 - 7/29/2012, 5:11 AM
I'd like to think my multiple viewings helped ;)
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