‘The Dark Knight Rises’ continues to be No. 1 at the box office. The film grossed another $64.1 million during its second weekend in theaters, creating a domestic total of $289.1 million in 10 days.
However, the Batman finale still trails its predecessor, “The Dark Knight,” by around $25 million, as well as “The Avengers,” which had made $373.1 million at the same point in its run.
These lower numbers are still higher than what some analysts predicted. The loss in revenue could stem from the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colo. NRG reported that up to 20 percent of moviegoers were reluctant to head back to the movies after the massacre, when a gunman opened fire on the audience, killing 12 and wounding more than 50.
The Olympics has also been stealing the limelight. The Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening had a record-holding 40.7 million viewers. Saturday’s evening audience was 2 million higher than the first day of competition during the Atlanta Olympics back in 1996. On Sunday, the Olympics drew in fewer crowds, but is still holding the record for the highest number of viewers.
According to CNN, “The reality is that it doesn’t matter if the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy beats any other film at the box office–‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a truly gigantic hit that will have the suits at the studio very, very happy.”
A domestic finish around $450 million seems likely for the film, nearly $80 million lower than “The Dark Knight,” which is lower, but still strong.
The weekend box office totals stacked up like this:
- “The Dark Knight Rises”: $64.1 million
- “Ice Age: Continental Drift”: $13.3 million
- “The Watch”: $13.0 million
- “Step Up Revolution”: $11.8 million
- “Ted”: $7.4 million
“Batman” first appeared in literature in 1939, created by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane for DC Comics. Since then, the superhero has become a pop culture figure recognized around the world and the central character for several films.