July 23, 2012

SHOWBUZZDAILY BOXOFFICE: “Dark Knight Rises” Actual Weekend Numbers

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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After a moratorium on official boxoffice pronouncements due to the tragic events in Colorado, Warners has officially released the weekend boxoffice figure for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES:  $160.9M.  This is where the unofficial weekend estimates had the picture, although it’s 10-20% below the pre-release expectations for the film.  That was also largely the case with the boxoffice in general for this scarred weekend.

A few notes about the Rises number:

Despite everything, it ranks #3 among all-time opening weekends (and #1 for 2D films), behind only The Avengers ($207.4M) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2M), and just ahead of The Dark Knight ($158.4M).

After the #2 Thursday midnight ever at $30.6M, Rises had the #3 opening day (also behind Deathly Hallows 2 and Avengers), the #7 Saturday (when the film had a 41% drop), and the #3 Sunday (behind Avengers and The Dark Knight).

One potentially very promising sign for Rises is that after its big 41% decline on Saturday, the film rebounded very strongly on Sunday, falling only 11%.  This was the smallest Sunday decline of any movie in the Top 10 (less half the fall of 8 of the other 9), and is almost as good as the 9% decline that The Dark Knight had on its first Sunday in 2008.  That suggests very strong word of mouth, and the chance for the film to recapture some of the audience it lost due to the extraordinary circumstances.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."