The Dark Knight Rises stayed atop the box office for the second straight weekend in the US, making just over $64 million (Dh235 million). But it’s lagging behind the staggering numbers of its predecessor, 2008’s The Dark Knight.
The final piece in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has now grossed more than $289 million in its first 10 days in theatres. It dropped 60 per cent from its opening weekend of $160.9 million.
By comparison, The Dark Knight took a 53 per cent drop in its second weekend with a gross of nearly $75.2 million and a 10-day cumulative gross of $313.8 million.
Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros, declined to comment on the Sunday estimates again out of respect for the victims of the Aurora, Colorado, shooting that left 12 people dead and another 58 injured at a midnight showing of the film on opening night.
But people are still going to the movies, and they did so even last weekend, said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. If anything hurt the numbers for all movies this weekend, he said, it was Friday night’s opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which drew a record-setting 40.7 million viewers in the US.
“For a film that opened as big as this did, considering the situation and what happened last weekend and all that, I would say this is a very strong showing,” Dergarabedian said. “It’s made almost $300 million in North America and its mid-week [attendance] is very strong. It made $19 million last Monday.”
In second place this weekend was the animated family film Ice Age: Continental Drift, which is still going strong in its third week. It made $13.3 million for a domestic total of nearly $114.9 million. The fourth movie in the 20th Century Fox franchise features the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah.
*The Dark Knight releases in the UAE on August 16