The Dark Knight Rises unsurprisingly demolished the box office during the weekend of July 20th-July 22nd. The final chapter in The Batman Trilogy made more than $160 million, better than two thirds of the nationwide weekend gross of $229.9 million.
While the final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s series failed to break multiple records, its debut was remarkable nonetheless, especially considering the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. TDKR outpaced The Dark Knight in three day gross $160.8 million to $158.4 million. TDKR also made over thirty million in midnight showings in the early morning of Friday, July 20th. It finished with the third best opening weekend of all time, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with $169.2 million, and Marvel’s The Avengers which made an astonishing $207.4 million in its opening earlier this year.
The Christian Bale film had one of the widest all time openings, appearing in 4,404 theaters nationwide, making an average of $36.532 per theater. Internationally, TDKR didn’t fair to badly either, grossing $88 million for a worldwide opening weekend gross of $248.9 million.
Finishing a distant second in the box office race was Ice Age: Continental Drift which made $20.4 million over the weekend. Down 56% from its opening last week, the animated family film averaged $5,254 in 3,886 theaters. In the US, Ice Age 4 has made $88.8 million in ten days. Overseas has been another story as intentionally it has grossed an astounding $440.5 million for a worldwide gross of $529 million.
The Amazing Spider-Man dropped 69% in its third week to make a paltry $10.9 million at the theaters. In 2,901 screens it averaged only $2,901. Domestically the superhero’s film’s gross is $228.6 million just shy of its $230 million dollar budget. 62.8% of the film’s total gross comes from foreign markets, good for $386 million internationally. The franchise reboot’s worldwide gross is upwards of $614.6 million.
Seth McFarlane’s Ted continues to produce in theaters, making a shade more than $10 million in its fourth week. The $50 million dollar film has surpassed $180 million in domestic box office averaging better than $3,100 in 3,214 theaters. It has a small release internationally that has pulled in more than $31.3 million for a worldwide gross of $211.7 million.
Pixar’s Brave continued its downward spiral, making just $6 million for fifth at the box office in its fifth week. It averaged just $2,078 in 2,900 theaters. Though its $208 million domestic gross has surpassed its $185 million dollar budget, it has performed poorer than many previous Pixar releases.
The sixth through tenth positions at the box office were relatively unchanged for the weekend. Magic Mike remained at sixth making $4.3 million and pushing its domestic box office to nearly $102 million. Savages dropped another 64% in its third week making only $3.4 million for a gross of $40 million. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection managed another $2.3 million in its fourth week. It has made $60 million in four weeks with a budget of a mere $20 million.
Moonrise Kingdom made another $1.8 million in fewer than 900 theaters nationwide. It had made $36 million domestically and another $13 million internationally. Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love made $1.4 million on a modest 552 screens. In the United States it has made just $11.1 million in five weeks, but $20 million in foreign markets.
June 27th sees the wide release of Step Up Revolution and The Watch, but it will take one fantastic upset to dethrone The Dark Knight Rises after only a single week at number one.