The Dark Knight Remains on Top
For another week, Batman remains on top, on top of the box office that is. The Dark Knight Rises once again was the top earner over the weekend at the box office for the second consecutive week. The film took in more than $64.1 million through Sunday. Nevertheless, the third of the trilogy has not topped The Dark Knight, its 2008 predecessor. The latest Christopher Nolan movie has now grossed more than $289 million in just 10 days of being released. Its earnings dropped by 60% from last weekend when it debuted and earned close to $161 million.
Back in 2008, The Dark Knight saw a drop of only 53% during its second week at the box office and earned over $75 million that weekend. In its first 10 days of release the 2008, Batman film earned close to $314 million. Dan Fellman, the head of distribution for Warner Bros. would not release the estimates for box office sales for the weekend on Sunday evening. He said it was still out of respect for the 12 victims, 58 wounded and the family and friends from the shooting massacre in a movie theater just 10 days ago.
Even though the tragedy took place inside a theater, moviegoers are still attending movies in large numbers. One analyst said the only event that might have stopped some people from attending a movie was the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. That televised event on Friday evening drew over 40.75 million viewers in the U.S. alone, which set a new record for television viewing.