With a name like The Dark Knight Rises, you’d expect the film to, you know, rise a bit from time to time. Well last weekend that’s exactly what happened, the film went up 30% thanks to several new high profile markets where the capped crusader just opened.
So The Dark Knight Rises made another $126.2 million which brings the film to an international total of $252 million. Worldwide the film recently moved past the half a billion mark, standing at $556 million so far. The Dark Knight finished with little over $1 billion and Rises happens to already be more than half way there. While North America is not working as well for the film this time around, international numbers will more than make up the difference so expect The Dark Knight Rises to finish with over $1 billion worldwide, probably somewhere between $1.05 and 1.1 billion. Highest grossing 2D superhero flick? No doubt about it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift has quite the box office legs in 2nd place, down just 10% with an impressive $50.7 million for a new cume of $516.3 million internationally. That’s more than Ice Age 2‘s $460.1 million total (at the end of its run) and ever closer to the record breaking $690.1 million of Ice Age 3. If it continues to play just as steady in the coming weeks, then $700 million internationally is a possibility and if reached, would mark a new record for animated films. Worldwide the film has $634.6 million and thanks to an underperforming domestic gross, probably won’t match the $886.7 million of Ice Age 3. But then again, I could be wrong.
The Thieves is a South Korean film that generated $12.9 million last weekend, that’s $18.2 million so far just from its country of origin.
The Amazing Spider-Man came in 4th place, down another disappointing 58% for $12.3 million. With $413 million internationally and $657.3 million worldwide this reboot is on track to finish somewhere around 750 million worldwide, so less than what the Raimi trilogy used to do (but not by much).
Brave rounds out the top 5 and here’s a somewhat unpleasant surprise, down 58% with $9.6 million. Wow, for an animated film that’s seriously bad. Anyway, Merida still has loads of markets left to open so the current $310.9 million worldwide should look more like $500+ million by the end of the year. I just can’t imagine Brave becoming the first Pixar film not to make back its production budget from box office alone.