The Dark Knight Rises Takes #1 with $248 Million Worldwide in First Week


Batman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Movie PosterIn light of the movie theater shooting in Colorado on Friday morning, Warner Bros. didn’t release box office numbers for “The Dark Knight Rises” over the weekend, and well they shouldn’t have. No one needed to hear a movie studio crowing about how much money they made after 12 people were murdered senselessly a few days earlier. But box office is still a big part of what we do here, and we do have to cover it eventually. In a way, this is a positive, as it confirms that the world didn’t allow one man’s evil deeds to stop us in our tracks.

Having said that, “The Dark Knight Rises” earned $248 million worldwide in its first week, with over $160 million of that coming from the domestic box office. That was enough to give “Rises” third place all-time, behind just the last “Harry Potter” movie (at $169 million) and 2012’s current box office record holder, “The Avengers”, which opened earlier in the Summer with $207 million in its first week.

For comparison’s sake within the Batverse, “The Dark Knight Rises'” Stateside numbers just barely edged out its predecessor, 2008’s “The Dark Knight”, which opened four years ago with $158 million.

You have to wonder how much more “Rises” would have made if not for the vile evil of one man in Colorado. As impressive as the numbers turned out to be, it might have been much more, given just how highly anticipated the film was, if not for the still-lingering fear that resulted. But I guess that’s for historians to mull over in the years (or decades) to come.

Via : Box Office Mojo

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  • BelmontHeir

    Just a hunch but I think this movie will do more repeat business than “Avengers.” There’s so much to take in here – a complex story with a lot of characters. With Avengers, everybody was just kinda waiting for the aliens to invade at the end and everybody to save the day. I’m aching to see TDKR again just to try and process it all.

    • Joaquim

      So true my friend!! I wanna watch it for the third time this week and who knows, maybe more too!

    • Dedpool

      Agreed! A movie this dense, in a franchise this rich can’t just be experienced once and expect to get everything out of it. I’m still getting stuff out of the Dark Knight

    • Juggernaut

      Saw it twice now (I actually enjoyed it more the second time!) and I agree 100%! Not only is the film good enough to require multiple viewings (I want to again!) it is also neccessary to appropriately measure it against The Dark Knight.

    • ErickKwon

      Yeah, I had some issues with it, but it’s not going to stop me from buying at least one more IMAX ticket and the inevitable trilogy boxset

  • Mike

    I think it will cap out at around 500 mill domestically. As much as I would love to see it beat The Avengers, that movie is so much more family friendly and I don’t see it happening. Who knows though? TDKR certainly gives audiences a lot more to talk about and that may require everyone to see it more than once.

  • surfingtheworld

    Just to be honest the morvie is kind of boring. I had seen laste night at I-MAX. And the fight scen……lol..I dont need to said more….LOL

    • rich

      This comment hurt my brain.

  • okisan

    I realy liked Batman Begins and the second one, but after seing The Dark Knight Rises i left the cinema withe an empty feeling. Don`t exactly know why? Maybe because i had great expectations for it and the movie did`t give me thet WOW experience i was waiting for. The fighting scenes looked bad in my opinion. I`ll give it one more try; maybe it`ll grow on me the second time: