Box Office Numbers – ‘TDKR’ Makes Big Money, Falls Short of All-Time Record

Posted: July 23, 2012 in Movies

After the shooting violence that occurred in Aurora, Colorado on Friday morning, everything else regarding cinema for the foreseeable future just doesn’t seem to matter as much.  However, it’s a shame that such a senseless tragedy marred the opening of the biggest film of 2012 and undoubtedly changed the way we see movies forever.

While we try to get past the shooting, Warner Bros. and the rest of Hollywood, out of respect for the victims and their families, delayed reporting the official weekend box office numbers for this past weekend.  It was a nice gesture that simply stated movies take a back seat when something this terrible happens.

Today, the official numbers were released, and while The Dark Knight Rises made a boat load of money – to the tune of $160M – you have to think that the numbers might be a little different had this been any other weekend.  I know for a fact that Warner Bros. was shooting to beat the opening box office mark set earlier this summer by Marvel’s The Avengers, which made over $200M.  However, it should be noted that TDKR did not have a 3D counterpart to earn double the money like The Avengers did.  Still, TDKR became the third largest opening film in the history of the box office, directly behind The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Christopher Nolan now holds two of the top four spots in the box office rankings, with TDKR and TDK respectively.

The rest of the box office is even more disappointing with Ice Age 4: Continental Drift making only $20M this weekend, dropping nearly 60% from last weekend, yet the animated film still managed to stay in the number two spot.  The third film at the box office this weekend was The Amazing Spider-Man, which pulled in nearly $11M this past weekend.  The film has now about made back its entire budget, which can do nothing but please Sony.

Rounding out the top five films were Ted and Brave, which made $10M and $6M respectively.  It should be noted that by the time August rolls around, Ted will more than likely have crossed the $200M mark, which is astonishing considering the fact that the movie only cost $50M to make.

Here’s the rest of the top 10:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) The Dark Knight Rises – $160.8 (NEW)

2) Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – $20.4 ($88.8)

3) The Amazing Spider-Man – $10.8 ($228.6)

4) Ted – $10 ($180.4)

5) Brave – $6 ($208.7)

6) Magic Mike – $4.2 ($101.9)

7) Savages – $3.3 ($40)

8) Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection – $2.2 ($60.2)

9) Moonrise Kingdom – $1.8 ($36)

10) To Rome with Love – $1.4 ($11.1)


Via Box Office Mojo


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