For the second straight weekend, Batman is the king of the box office. “The Dark Knight Rises” was the clear winner this weekend, raking in over $64 million, giving it an estimated $289,086,000 in just ten days since its release. The total makes “The Dark Knight Rises” the third highest grossing movie of 2012, domestically. The final installment of Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy has pulled in roughly $537,286,000 worldwide.
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ vs. ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ battle rages among fans:
10 day box office comparison:
- “Marvel’s The Avengers”: $373,071,647
- “The Dark Knight Rises”: $289,086,000 (estimate)
The battle for second place was a photo finish and may not be officially determined until the official numbers are released on Monday. As it stands, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” finished in second place once again with $13.3 million just ahead of the “The Watch”, which took an estimated $13 million, despite being critically blasted.
After being dumped by Buena Vista Studios and picked up by Summit Entertainment, “Step Up Revolution” grossed a very modest $11.8 million for fourth place. “Ted” barely remained in the top five with a meager $7.35 million, although it has grossed over $193 million to date.
The overall box office was down this week, with two new releases failing to crack the $15 million mark. This is believed to be due to the start of the 2012 Olympics, which opened with a rousing opening ceremony in London on Friday night.
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It should be interesting to see if “The Dark Knight Rises” can maintain first place next weekend. In 2008, “The Dark Knight” was number one for four consecutive weeks. The sci-fi action remake, “Total Recall” and the kid friendly, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” will both be released on August 3rd. “Total Recall” could provide some stiff competition for the Batman.
1. “The Dark Knight Rises” (Warner Bros.): $64, 000,000
2. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (20th Century Fox): $13,300,000
3. “The Watch” (20th Century Fox): $13,000,000
4. “Step Up Revolution” (Summit): $11,800,000
5. “Ted” (Universal): $7,353,000
These numbers are estimates according to Box Office Mojo. The actual numbers will be released on Monday July 30, 2012.
All of these movies are in theatres now. You can check out show times in Kansas City by hitting up one of your local theatres:
- Alamo Drafthouse
- AMC Theatres
- Cinemark Theatres
- Dickinson Theatres
Or visit one of the local drive-ins:
- Boulevard Drive-In or I-70 Drive-In.
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