Seven days ago today, I was in my seat anxiously waiting to watch The Dark Knight Rises for a second time. The world stood in line, jumping up and down anxiously praying for 12:01 a.m. to strike!
For the sixth consecutive day, the final Batman film directed by Christopher Nolan sat atop the box office. But all is not well at Warner Bros.
Aside from not reaching their projected weekend, and weekday sales marks, the shooting in Colorado still casts a large shadown upon the studio and the film itself. The week coming to a close should be viewed as a positive thing, as it seems like people’s nerves have settled and bit and more should head to the theater in peace.
After the jump we get into numbers for the day and the entire week worldwide
The Dark Knight Rises finished at the top of the North American box office on Wednesday with a total estimated to be $13,770,092, that’s down 22% from Tuesday, and it now has a domestic total of $211,808,988.
In comparison, The Dark Knight earned 33% more on its first Wednesday in release. The Dark Knight also did about $10 million dollars better through it’s first Wednesday with $222,150,806.
The Dark Knight Rises has failed to match The Dark Knight on five out of six days and it is really six out of six if we remove Thursday midnight showings and exhibitions.
The silver lining rests here though, The Dark Knight Rises became the sixth fastest film to $200 million yesterday, accomplishing the feat in a mere six days.
Rises is projected by industry analysts to take in around $65 million in its second week, which would be a roughly 60 percent drop from its $160 million three-day debut. Their competition this weekend will be R-rated comedy The Watch and dance movie Step Up Revolution.
By Friday, Warner Bros. will have Nolan’s Batman in more than 40 markets and at more than 17,000 sites. The film made $15 million from the 23 markets it’s currently in on Wednesday, raising its foreign gross to $125 million going into this weekend’s massive rollout.
Back to the comparisons The Dark Knight made $75 million in its second week in 2008, after opening to $158 million.