Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dark Knight sequel rises above tragedy, claiming top spot at the box office with an actual weekend gross of $168,887,29. The Christopher Nolan-directed film starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt debuted in 4,404 theaters, averaging a solid $36,532. Pic's Friday gross of $75.75 million is the third biggest single-day gross ever, and this has the third biggest opening weekend of all time only behind Marvel's The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The actioner also managed to best 2008's previous Dark Knight which grossed $158.4 million.
Actual Weekend Breakdown for The Dark Knight Rises:
- Friday: $75,75,897.
- Saturday: $44,931,966.
- Sunday: $40,200,432.
In second place, Fox's Ice Age: Continental Drift animated comedy showed a 56% change in its sophomore weekend run, grossing $20,416,978 from 3,886 theaters. Total cume for the Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary starrer closes in on the $100 million mark with over $88.84 million grossed domestically thus far.
Third-placed The Amazing Spider-Man from Sony grossed $10,887,111 in its third weekend at play and has now generated a hefty $228,611,425 domestically. Overseas, the film earned $58.5 million in 67 markets, bringing its international cume to over $442.7 million. Worldwide total for the Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans starrer is over $531.56 million.
In fourth, Universal Pictures' comedy Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth Macfarlane, dropped 55% in its third weekend at the box office with a post of $10,011,310.
Ending the top five box office chart this weekend, Disney Pixar's Brave animated adventure grossed $6,024 million. N. American gross is over $208.7 million.