Weekend box office: The Dark Knight Rises has the highest 2D opening ever

Weekend box office: The Dark Knight Rises

Despite the tragedy in Colorado, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (click the link to read our review) managed to set the highest 2D opening at the weekend box office.  Even with around $163 million in three days, most analysts and experts agree that the shooting in Aurora did, in fact, have a negative impact on the total gross, meaning that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES could have made even more money.  But as it is, the film will end up being the third highest grossing film of all time, but the highest grossing 2D film.  HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 managed to take in $169 million during its opening weekend and of course this summer’s THE AVENGERS has the all time record, opening with $207 million.  But again, THE AVENGERS and Harry Potter had the added bonus of 3D ticket prices, which kind of skews the numbers a bit.

No studio was dumb enough to challenge THE DARK KNIGHT RISES during it’s opening weekend, so the only movie competing for the same audience as THE DARK KNIGHT RISES was THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, which barely cracked $10 million.  However, it has made over $220 million since it opened, which is pretty decent, given it won’t be able to hold an audience now that Batman is in theaters.

Next week sees the release of THE WATCH with Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, which coincidentally faced negative publicity as well.  We also get STEP UP: REVOLUTION, which makes you wonder if Channing Tatum misses that franchise.  Overall, I think it’s a safe bet to say THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will retain its top spot.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. The Dark Knight Rises $163m

2. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift $20.6m

3. The Amazing Spider-Man $11.1m

4. Ted $10.3m

5. Brave $5.7m

6. Magic Mike $4.3m

7. Savages $3.3m

8. Madea’s Witness Protection $2.2m

9. Moonrise Kingdom $1.9m

10. Madagascar 3 $1.5m

(Deadline)

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