Box Office Breakdown: ‘The Dark Knight’ Continues to Rise over the Weekend
Christopher Nolan’s Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises continued to reign over the box office in its second weekend. The third and final film in Nolan’s trilogy raked in an estimated $64 million, pushing its overall cume to $289M domestically.
With Rises devouring most of the business (and the start of the Summer Olympics keeping many audience members at home), the weekend’s two new releases – The Watch and Step Up Revolution – failed to draw significant crowds.
Both movies were trumped by the fourth Ice Age, which pulled in an estimated $13.3M to hold on to the No. 2 spot in the box office top 10 for a second consecutive weekend.
The Watch wandered into third place, opening to $13 million. The ensemble comedy, pitting Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller against suburban extraterrestrials, barely edged out Step Up Revolution. The fourth film in the high-octane dance series notched $11.8M in its opening weekend.
The remainder of the Top 10 rounded out with films that have been competing for audience attention over the past few weeks. Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy comedy Ted inched closer to $200M, while Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man boosted its cume to $242M domestically.
Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike danced its way past the $100M mark last week, while Moonrise Kingdom became Wes Anderson’s second-highest-grossing film behind The Royal Tenenbaums. The sweet coming-of-age comedy has earned $38.3M to date.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
1. The Dark Knight Rises, $64M, $289M
2. Ice Age: Continental Drift, $13.3M, $114.8M
3. The Watch, $13M
4. Step Up Revolution, $11.8M
5. Ted, $7.3M, $193.6M
6. The Amazing Spider-Man, $6.8M, $242M
7. Brave, $4.2M, $217.2M
8. Magic Mike, $2.5M, $107.5M
9. Savages, $1.7M, $43.8M
10. Moonrise Kingdom, $1.3M, $38.3M
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.