'The Dark Knight Rises' Official Box-Office Numbers Reveal Third Biggest Opening of All Time

'The Dark Knight Rises' Official Box-Office Numbers Reveal Third Biggest Opening of All Time

Jul 23, 2012

Warner Bros. held off on reporting the official opening weekend numbers on The Dark Knight Rises out of respect for the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado on Friday. Unofficially the number floating around was $160 million, and the official number was about the same: $160.89 million. That number, while slightly less than expected, still gives it the third-biggest opening weekend of all time (behind The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2). It also bests the opening of The Dark Knight, which came in at $158.4 million back in 2008. Additionally, it now holds the record for best non-3D opening weekend of all time (though the film did benefit from more expensive IMAX tickets). 

Behind The Dark Knight Rises was Ice Age: Continental Drift with $20 million, earning it enough to remain ahead of The Amazing Spider-Man, which dropped to third with $10.8 million. Ted ($10 million) and Brave ($6 million) rounded out the top five. 

[via ERC Box Office]

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