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Mania Box Office Report: Dark Weekend

A hard weekend to report

By Robert T. Trate     July 23, 2012
Source: Box Office Mojo

With all that has happened since The Dark Knight Rises premiere, the studios have held back on reporting their box office numbers. The numbers now are now in for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Whether or not it beats The Avengers is not important. In the grand scale of things (as this weekend has shown us) the bragging rights of how much money was made or lost are inconsequential. Nonetheless, the world keeps turning. The bragging rights of who will win the summer, Marvel or DC, seem petty. 

I had prepared a Box Office Report of all the Batman Movies (minus Mask of the Phantasm) ahead of time. Here it is chronologically with grand totals. The Dark Knight Rises has already beaten Batman Returns and Batman and Robin. All in one weekend no less. Where will The Dark Knight Rises finish? Can it compete against The Avengers in the wake of Colorado? We have to remember what’s really important. 










World Wide


Opening Weekend




Batman: The Movie














Batman Returns







Batman Forever







Batman and Robin







Batman Begins







The Dark Knight







The Dark Knight Rises






This week, as we will all watch undoubtably see The Dark Knight Rises again, we have only one genre based release: The Watch. A lighter mood is exactly what we all need right now. 


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thezillaman 7/23/2012 4:08:02 PM

right to soon for counting money it can wait. my thoughts and prayers to the victims in Aurora CO.

Wyldstaar 7/23/2012 4:23:38 PM

The tragedy in Colorado doesn't appear to have had a significant effect on the box office.  The weekend estimate before the shooting was $160 million.  I am glad to see that folks aren't allowing the actions of some jackhole disrupt their daily lives.  What happened shouldn't be ignored, but permiting such hate and stupidity prevail would only empower the next lunatic who comes along.

vitieddie 7/23/2012 5:13:59 PM


Grade: B plus


Long running time, some rushed scenes, Bane/Batman voices (but it was much better than TDK)


Very good script with a "come full circle" feel, acting, score, directing, cinematography, action, batplane, batcycle, characters and production values.

Box Office:

Was disappointed with the BO total. I expected it to be around 175 mil or higher. Did the tragedy adversely affect it? I guess we'll never know. It was never going to catch the Avengers but there was a rare (miracle) chance it might. But at least it wasn't another GL.

Comparisons to the Avengers:

Some people have said TDKR isn't a comic book movie. It doesn't have the WOW moments and is not for repeat viewing. They point to major plot holes etc. Rubbish I say! These are different movies with different themes. TDKR has its strong points and flaws (and so does the Avengers). I didn't see Avengers more than once at the cinema and probably won't see TDKR again as well. But both will eventually be in my library.

To DC fans:

Marvel has fired both barrels now (their most popular character Spidey and their best team Avengers). We can only hope for WB/DC to get their act together and deliver that JLA movie along with movies on Flash, WW, Aquaman, etc. I personally feel a JLA movie would smash all records if done right but only if WB get their heads out of the sand. That is the last great hope.

Hookedonavengers2012 7/23/2012 5:43:23 PM

Well put my friend! :)


Hobbs 7/23/2012 6:09:18 PM

Before the nightmare I was reading projections around 190 to 200 mil for the opening weekend.  We will never know what impact this had on people going to see it.  My wife didn't want to see it this past weekend after it happened and she has nothing agains the movie.  When I asked her why she said it just didn't feel right so I have yet to see DKR and will probably have to go with some buddies or myself. 

InnerSanctum 7/23/2012 6:22:13 PM

 You know, after the tragedy...going to the movies just didn't seem "fun" this weekend.  I spent time with family...talking, laughing and cooking out.  After all, that is life is all about.  

Pendragon0 7/23/2012 6:37:57 PM

Why did you leave out Mask of the Phantasm?  Till the Nolan movies came out, that was THE Batman movie!

shac2846 7/23/2012 7:21:41 PM

 @vitieddie good points

@pendragon0 I have always thought the same thing. And until Nolan's interpretation Roger Ebert thought the same. 

I saw it twice this weekend. Once in IMAX the other on regular screen. Enjoyed it both times. Did it have some flaws, yes, but it will likely not be topped by any filmmaker doing a reboot. Those are big shoes to fill.

Thought the performances were all outstanding. Tom Hardy did a great job, the comparison's to Ledger aren't fair, it was a different character with different motives and different personality. Also think about this. Hardy did his job acting in the film with the mask and IMO gave a great performance. You can still see his emotion in his face and became a physical menacing presence on screen. But in addition he had to re dub all of his lines and since he created the voice uniquely for the character it was like an actor dubbing lines for animation. Hardy essentially gave two performances, one on the set and the other in the recording booth. Just thought it was awesome. Hathaway also killed as Selina Kyle. Lucious, Alfred also home runs but the biggest standout to me is Gary Oldman as commisioner Gordan. His take on the character will be a hard act to follow.  

Also didn't understand the whole, the movie isn't fun aspect some critics have slung at it. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trilogy and thought that Nolan developed themes and characters that haven't been dealt with in comic book movies and likely won't be after. Everyone says movies aren't fun anymore I would argue that no one really makes character driven stuff anymore. It's all flash and no substance a vast majority of the time. We were lucky this year with Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and TDKR. That's just me.  

Kaziklu 7/23/2012 7:40:54 PM

 I'm really surprised, I really had no desire to see this, I still don't. 

goatartist 7/23/2012 8:14:28 PM

Man, these last two Bat Movies have been weird, and honestly, they crept a little too far into the national consciousness for their own good.

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