The Dark Knight Rises Opens to $249 Million Worldwide

This was a bittersweet weekend for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final installment of his Batman films, returning Christian Bale to the Caped Crusader’s cowl, joined by Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman. After the brutal shootings in Aurora, Colorado on Friday, what should have been a fun and exciting weekend of moviegoing turned into a somber and more subdued affair where all movies seemed to be affected.

Following Warner Bros.’ lead to be sensitive to the families of the victims, all the major studios decided to hold off on reporting box office estimates throughout the weekend, but today, the studio reports that Nolan’s latest brought in $160.9 million from 4,404 theaters. It’s the best opening ever for a 2D title, beating The Dark Knight‘s $158.4 million opening, and the third-biggest debut overall domestically, trailing just Marvel’s The Avengers ($207.4 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($169.2 million). $19 million of the total came from 332 IMAX theaters the movie is playing in. The Dark Knight Rises, which received a CinemaScore of A, took in $75.5 million on Friday, $44.9 million on Saturday and another $40.2 million on Sunday.

Internationally, The Dark Knight Rises earned $88 million from 17 markets for a worldwide total of $249 million after one weekend. IMAX screens contributed $4.8 million overseas.

With the introduction of another comic-based action movie, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (Sony) took a big 68.6% plunge in its third weekend, taking third place with $10.9 million to push its domestic gross to $228.6 million. It also added another $29.8 million overseas to bring its international total to $386 million and its global total to $614 million.

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