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

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.

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.


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

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