July 26, 2012

SHOWBUZZDAILY BOXOFFICE: Wednesday “Dark Knight” Update

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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To the extent one can be disappointed by the boxoffice of a movie that’s cruised to $211.8M in 6 days, Wednesday was an off day for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.  Batman declined a fairly tough 23% yesterday for a $13.8M day.  That was about mid-range in terms of the results for the day’s Top 10, but it’s a considerably heavier fall than The Dark Knight had on its 6th day of release in 2008, when it fell only 12% to $18.4M.  That increased the gap between the 2 pictures to a more than $10M lead for Dark Knight, and makes it less likely that Rises will ever catch up. However, it should be noted that the Top 10 as a whole were considerably lower yesterday than on the parallel day in 2008, when Dark Knight‘s 12% drop was the worst on the list, and several titles actually increased for the day.  This may (or may not) indicate lingering aftereffects of the awful events in Colorado last week.

Dark Knight Rises has the #5 6-day gross in history, behind The Avengers, Dark Knight, Transformers 2 and the last Harry Potter.

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."