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Batman Brings In $160 Million Its Opening Weekend

While it didn't beat out 'The Avengers,' the final chapter in Nolan's franchise didn't do too badly its opening weekend.

Coming in third place for biggest opening weekend of all time with $160,887,295 is Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. The film was behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 by a mere $9 million, but far behind Marvel's The Avengers which holds the top slot for biggest opening weekend of all time. Still, third place isn't half bad; particularly considering the negative press loosely surrounding the film's release. In fact, many critics speculated that the film would have fared better its opening weekend -- $38 million more, to be exact -- which would have but it on the heels of The Avengers with $198 million.

However, its hard to look at these opening weekend box office numbers and not take into account the horrific Aurora, Colorado theater shooting during the midnight release of the film when a masked man entered the midnight showing at the theater, dropped two smoke bombs into the crowd, and began an armed assault on the innocent moviegoers. The terrible and incredibly sad incident 12 dead, several wounded and far too many families of innocent civilians in turmoil. As a result of these incidents, Warner Brothers canceled the Paris red carpet screening of The Dark Knight Rises, interviews with the director and the film's cast, and pulled commercials promoting the film over the weekend. Needless to say, the shootings left a bad taste in the the mouths of fans and potential moviegoers, and there's a good chance that many didn't make it to the theater over the weekend as a result.

We should probably also take into account the fact that -- unlike The Avengers -- The Dark Knight Rises wasn't shown in 3D, something which would affect the ticket sales as 3D showings tend to be slightly more expensive. Either way, the film did spectacularly its opening night bringing in $30 million and is a fitting end to an era of Christopher Nolan's Batman. Be sure to check out Comic Vine's official review of the film here as well as two in depth discussions here and here, breaking down the film's plot points, characterizations and much more. What did you think of The Dark Knight Rises?

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Posted by Lycaon

Didn't think it would top Avengers.

Avengers just has more crossover appeal.

Still an awesome flick though!

Posted by Webjaker

Yeah I also didnt expect it too, Avengers has a wider audience esp for a summer popcorn flick and the draw of $16 3-D movie tickets adding to it coffers.

Now that reviews have come back and people are less scared to go to the theaters, it will make even more money in the coming weeks, Im definitely seeing it again and again.

Posted by zackattack529

i didnt expect this film to beat out Avengers, any logical person wouldnt either aha

BUT i mean cmon look it how close it did though...thi is just one DC comic hero going up against marvels best in one movie.

can you imagine when justice league comes out in the future! i think Marvel is nervous that DC is even talking about Justice league. lol

Posted by Lycaon

@Webjaker said:

Yeah I also didnt expect it too, Avengers has a wider audience esp for a summer popcorn flick and the draw of $16 3-D movie tickets adding to it coffers.

Now that reviews have come back and people are less scared to go to the theaters, it will make even more money in the coming weeks, Im definitely seeing it again and again.

Totally agree - this movie is definitely worth watching a second, third and fourth time...can't wait for the Blu-ray so I can watch it on repeat at home...just like I do with the Dark Knight.

Posted by Mega_spidey01

this is great. TDKR was a good movie but not a great one in my opinion.

Posted by Webjaker

@Lycaon said:

@Webjaker said:

Yeah I also didnt expect it too, Avengers has a wider audience esp for a summer popcorn flick and the draw of $16 3-D movie tickets adding to it coffers.

Now that reviews have come back and people are less scared to go to the theaters, it will make even more money in the coming weeks, Im definitely seeing it again and again.

Totally agree - this movie is definitely worth watching a second, third and fourth time...can't wait for the Blu-ray so I can watch it on repeat at home...just like I do with the Dark Knight.

This is definitely a a Box-set purchase, i really hope there are lots of extras and maybe even an extended director's cut.

Posted by mpgeist

Rises gets better each time I watch it. It has some issues but I'm comfortable saying that I think it's on par with TDK.

Posted by Mbecks14

I think it probably could've beat the Avengers if not for the shooting

Posted by yo_yo_fun

I thought TDKR was amazing, definitely will see it again in theaters if I have the chance.

I knew the movie was going to do very well but I was hoping better than 3rd. But it had big competition, with Harry Potter being epic and The Avengers having different superheroes from solo movies coming together and 3D pricing. I'm not surprised, but I was just hoping. Also, I do think the horrible massacre in Colorado affected it as well.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I still wonder how much money total it will make

Posted by longbowhunter

Seen it twice already.

Posted by TheThe

Well written. Very good post. I do believe in the same circumstances(3D tickets and an horrific event not happening), TDKR would have beat Avengers. These numbers are already amazing under the actual circumstances. I havent seen the movie yet, but i'm confident it will be good.

Posted by WildStyle

Great numbers for a great movie.

Posted by mattwing87

@zackattack529 said:

i didnt expect this film to beat out Avengers, any logical person wouldnt either aha

BUT i mean cmon look it how close it did though...thi is just one DC comic hero going up against marvels best in one movie.

can you imagine when justice league comes out in the future! i think Marvel is nervous that DC is even talking about Justice league. lol

I don't think the JL movie will do as well as The Avengers will. It's DC, they are notorious for having sub-par live action films(*cough* Green Lantern *cough* Superman Returns) besides Nolan's Batman movies. Every Marvel movie has done really well in theaters including the Punisher and Ghost Rider reboots.

Posted by rdskns4eva

I dont have faith in DC to make a decent non DC flick. They still cant do Superman justice, We havent seen a flash, WW or MM on screen and Green Lantern was just Turrible (thanks Charles Barkley). Batman is the only thing they seem to be able to do correctly.

Posted by Smurfboy

@Mbecks14 said:

I think it probably could've beat the Avengers if not for the shooting

I was thinking the same thing. They probably could have made more money if it wasn't for shooting, recently.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@Mbecks14 said:

I think it probably could've beat the Avengers if not for the shooting

yeah me too.

Edited by BiteMe-Fanboy

@DarkKnightDetective said:

@Mbecks14 said:

I think it probably could've beat the Avengers if not for the shooting

yeah me too.

So your saying the shooting (which was horrible, ofcoarse) prevented TDKR from making over 40 million more dollars?

Posted by The Stegman

It's nearly impossible to beat the Avengers given that it was released in 3D, thus the ticket prices are more expensive.

Posted by kakanoucia

@Mega_spidey01: That is exactly how I feel. It's noticeable flaws just took me out of the movie at times. Still an enjoyable summer flick and definitely worth watching in IMAX.

Posted by TheGodofThunder

I find it hard to believe that without the shooting, TDKR could have made another 48mil. As far as a JL movie, I doubt it will top Avengers, especially if it doesn't have any lead up movies.

Posted by Gotham331

This film was great. As a Batman fan I was pleased to see that Nolan not only incorporated so much of the Batman mythology into this movie, but also wrapped the trilogy up very nicely.

Posted by moywar700

Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

A main reason The Avengers was so financially successful (it would've been anyway) but a huge factor in that is that Marvel spent 5 years hyping it up with one great movie after another (Iron Man 2 being the exception). The Dark Knight Rises has the success of the previous film to help it out a bit, but ultimately it was just another Batman movie (not saying it wasn't good, it was fucking great).

A Justice League movie probably won't beat Avengers either because DC super heroes aren't as popular among the masses, if there are no lead up movies then the general population won't really care (would they?), and (of course, the big one) DC and Warner Bros need to get their asses in gear to actually make good movies that don't involve men dressed in Bat armor.

Posted by __transgojobot__

I think the number of tickets sold will be a better measure of the film's success versus 'Avengers'.

Posted by sethysquare

@moywar700 said:

too bad nobody cared about your movie cos everyone is only talking about avengers and dark knight rises. LOL

Posted by buttersdaman000
@sethysquare said:

@moywar700 said:

too bad nobody cared about your movie cos everyone is only talking about avengers and dark knight rises. LOL

Yeah ASM sucked lol
Posted by Suprman

I think both movies will end up the same in terms of sales, maybe Avengers will do better because of the 3D sales, but it honestly doesn't matter to me, I enjoyed both movies and they have both earned a spot on my shelf when they come to Blu-Ray/ DVD.

Posted by edge0076

@buttersdaman000: I'm not sure I would say ASM sucked, but I would definitely agree with anyone who said that it came in third after (in order of first to last) The Avengers and TDKR.

That said, I would take Emma Stone over any female that appeared in either TDKR or The Avengers any day (with the notable exception of Scarlett Johansen, of course. She's always the exception).

Posted by creole

Well Spider-man & the avengers wasn't "Dark" movies, like batman (05,08,12) was.

Posted by CODYSF

@DarkKnightDetective said:

@Mbecks14 said:

I think it probably could've beat the Avengers if not for the shooting

yeah me too.

Same here I hate that guy

Posted by joshmightbe

I didn't think it would do Avengers numbers, kind of wish the circumstances were better.

Posted by Noctis
@The Stegman said:
It's nearly impossible to beat the Avengers given that it was released in 3D, thus the ticket prices are more expensive.

Another reason what made it less likely for it to beat The Avengers is that it's not as much family friendly as The Avengers.
Posted by The Stegman
@Noctis:  
 

@The Stegman  said: 

It's nearly impossible to beat the Avengers given that it was released in 3D, thus the ticket prices are more expensive.

Another reason what made it less likely for it to beat The Avengers is that it's not as much family friendly as The Avengers.
True, I'm betting kids begged their parents to see Avengers a lot more than DKR, and parents were more willing to take them to Avengers.
Posted by Sammo21

@Mbecks14: nah, I seriously doubt that really effected anyone who isn't elderly and only watches network news. Everyone else knew it was pretty isolated.

Posted by danhimself

@moywar700 said:

you're a horrible person

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Completely awesome movie and I loved it and sadly I can't help but wonder if the ticket sales would have been better had "The Joker" not decided to go on his rampage in Aurora. Oh well, no more comparisons between Avenger and DKR..they still had two of the greatest openings in film history.

Posted by ssejllenrad

@The Stegman said:

It's nearly impossible to beat the Avengers given that it was released in 3D, thus the ticket prices are more expensive.

This. As far as sales are concerned, TDKR has the highest opening weekend income of all time for 2D films.

Posted by thechessclub

@DarkKnightDetective said:

@Mbecks14 said:

I think it probably could've beat the Avengers if not for the shooting

yeah me too.

Me three. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity..but, with all the networks pulling the ads and all the negative air going around with 'TDKR' tacked to it...it reeally was bad publicity. Plus there's a lot of ignorant people out there that really did let that isolated/almost non existent chance of it happening again stop them from going.

Posted by Grim

my friends keep saying that 3D and the shooting ruined the numbers, but i think thats bull. The shooting couldnt have effected even 1% of sales, and 3D isnt a selling point for people. I have only seen movies in 3D when i had to (pre-screening of Captain America at SDCC'11 and the second time i saw Avengers on a $6 dollar movie day when the normal screenings were sold out). Im fairly certain 3D didnt do much. I know many people who would turn down a movie before they paid more than the already high prices.

Nope, Avengers was just awesome.

Posted by WrenchNinja

Avengers only made more because of 3D ticket prices.

Edited by lastdrag0n89

People who are saying the Avengers made more money because of 3-D have forgotten about Imax sales.The last time I checked, Imax is just as much, if not more, than 3-D. I saw TDKR in a trilogy pack where I saw BB, TDK, and a midnight showing of TDKR in a row and the regular ticket was $25. Imax was $50 which is twice as much. I dont think The shooting really crippled the film that much as you would think. So people should just face it and accept that the Avengers rocked harder than TDKR :D

Posted by BurnSide

it didn't came out in europe yet, so does this mean with those moneys, it can still beat avengers?

Posted by Rumble Man
Posted by Iron Fist Angel

@zackattack529 said:

i didnt expect this film to beat out Avengers, any logical person wouldnt either aha

BUT i mean cmon look it how close it did though...thi is just one DC comic hero going up against marvels best in one movie.

can you imagine when justice league comes out in the future! i think Marvel is nervous that DC is even talking about Justice league. lol

Depends on how they do it. In order to beat the Avengers, DC needs to introduce most of the JLA in their own movies. We already have Batman and soon we'll have Superman, (I try to pretend the Singer abomination doesn't even exist). I think everyone wants to forget about the Green Lantern flick. Marvel did a brilliant job of making the individual Avengers household names even for non-comic fans, by giving us several excellent movies beforehand. DC has already started out poorly with the aforementioned GL movie. It will be an uphill battle from here to ensure everybody out there knows who Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash etc... are.

I would absolutely love to see the JLA on the big screen but I would also be surprised if it beat the Avengers. One of two things will happen:

1) People will be burnt out on superhero movies by the time this actually gets around to happening, (some analysts are predicting superhero burn-out is just around the corner)

or

2) Superhero flicks will still be stronger than ever and the JLA will make well over 200 million on it's opening weekend

Posted by TheBigRedCheese

@__transgojobot__ said:

I think the number of tickets sold will be a better measure of the film's success versus 'Avengers'.

This.

Posted by GreenFuse

TDKR had the biggest non-3D opening ever! I wonder what ticket sales where compared to The Avengers?

Posted by sethysquare

@WrenchNinja said:

Avengers only made more because of 3D ticket prices.

true that. I'll like to see stats for actual tickets sold.

Posted by Omega-Man

Really there are alot of factors to why it didn't do as well as avengers.

1) It's a dark movie hardly kid friendly

2) Avengers was in 3D and 3D costs more anyway

3) The shooting that happened.

4) Avengers had hype from the ending of other Marvel hero movies, while Batman was purely on it's own and it's own hero still if you check the numbers Batman still did much better it took 6 Marvel heroes in a crossover team movie to out sell ONE DC hero. On there own none of the Avengers can come close to any of the sales the Batman movies did.

Plus TDKR was a much better movie than Avengers, not saying I didn't like Avengers because I did it was awesome. But over all the acting was better in TDKR, and the fact it didn't have as many conveniences as Avengers did. Such as the whole alien army dying when Iron man threw that missile to the ship and Banner being "Angry all the time"

But really I like both movies but TDKR to me is the better movie.

Posted by FearTheLiving

@thechessclub: Any data to back that at all? Cause everyone I talked to still went and saw it regardless of the nut job. People are giving way to much credit to the shooting.

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