The Dark Knight Rises Sets Record at Box Office

Posted on July 23, 2012
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Remember the interview by Mr. T in Rocky 3 when he was asked what his prediction for the fight was?

I imagine at some point in 2008 after The Dark Knight premiered, Warner Bros. sat down with Christopher Nolan to discuss the conclusion to the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises.

Imagine a large mahogany table, Nolan, his brother Jonathan Nolan, Emma Thomas, and Wally Pfister sitting on one side, with the big wigs at WB on the other.

Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros., turns to Nolan at the end of the meeting and asks him “so what can we expect from the movie and box office?”

Nolan stands up, and in his best Clubber Lang impression says “pain.”

The Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and various box office insiders are reporting The Dark Knight Rises weekend haul is between $160 million and $162 million. This would be setting the new box office record for largest weekend sales for a 2D film release of all time.

Previously The Dark Knight did $158.4 million in it’s opening weekend, the most ever (at that time) for a 2D film.

The Avengers, now the bench-mark, opened to $207.4 million in it’s opening weekend, previously Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, opened to $169.2 million, but both had an unfair advantage by being 3D releases.

2D and 3D box office results while comparable, shouldn’t be.

*************UPDATE*************

We now have official numbers – The final Batman film took in $160.8 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Overseas, “Dark Knight Rises” brought in $88 million from 17 markets, giving the film a worldwide total of $249 million for the weekend.

The top foreign market was the U.K. with $22.5 million. It also made $15.7 million in South Korea, $15.5 million in Australia and $4.8 million on foreign IMAX screens.

WB plans to expand the film into 40 more territories this week, bringing its screen total to around 17,000.

The Dark Knight Rises was shown on 4,404 screens over the weekend in the US, with an estimated 3,000 screens open for midnight release. Rises did an estimate $30.6 million in midnight showings alone, and an astounding $76.1 million on Friday, July 20th by itself.

When we look at the numbers, we had estimates of $25 Million in pre-sale tickets for The Dark Knight Rises. IMAX tickets in New York were sold out six months in advance, fans dressed up and waited on line forever to watch this saga end.

With the Aurora, Colorado shooting taking place at a midnight showing, where James Holmes injured 71 and killed 12, Warner Bros out of respect for the victims said they wouldn’t release box office numbers throughout the weekend.