‘Dark Knight Rises’ Scores $28 Million in Midnight Ticket Sales; Beats ‘The Avengers’

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dark knight rises set interviews Dark Knight Rises Scores $28 Million in Midnight Ticket Sales; Beats The Avengers

Earlier this summer, The Avengers managed to rake in $18.4 million with midnight 3D (and 2D) screenings – setting a new standard for non-Potter and Twilight early box office returns. However, Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie has managed to overtake Marvel’s midnight take for the superhero mashup – with an impressive $28 million.

Considering post-midnight pre-sales for the picture are already locked in at over $30 million, The Dark Knight Rises is off to a solid start – albeit one that isn’t guaranteed to overtake The Avengers in the long run.

Especially impressive is the amount of revenue generated by The Dark Knight Rises in standard 2D formats – given that a good chunk of Avengers money can be attributed to 3D and IMAX surcharges. Of course, Nolan’s film is also showing in IMAX and other premium formats (RPX, etc) – that said, the percentage of revenue collected from up-sell costs is much smaller (given that there are plenty of 3D theaters).

Unfortunately, the film had a long way to go if Warner Bros. was been hoping to topple heavily-supported YA novel-turned-film adaptation franchises like Twilight and Harry Potter (which occupy seven spots on the top 10 midnight screenings list).

Check out the breakdown for the top 10 midnight showings – as of this morning:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – $43.5 million
  2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – $30.3 million
  3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse – $30.1 million
  4. The Dark Knight Rises – $28 million (unofficial)
  5. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $26.3 million
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 – $24 million
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – $22.2 million
  8. The Hunger Games – $19.7 million
  9. The Avengers – $18.7 million
  10. The Dark Knight – $18.5 million

Only three films have managed to score a higher midnight opening than last night’s return with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at number one ($43.5 million). It’s an incredible number and one that, even with inflation, should take a long time to beat. The Dark Knight Rises box office subsequently knocked Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith out of the top ten (it scored $16.5 million in 2005), which should result in a mixed response from fans – dependent on whether or not they’d rather forget about George Lucas and his return to the Star Wars universe.

The Avengers Box Office Dark Knight Rises Scores $28 Million in Midnight Ticket Sales; Beats The Avengers

$28 million is a great start to a deserving film (read our Dark Knight Rises review) and it’ll be interesting to see how close the movie can come to The Avengers‘ $614,265,453 million dollar take ($1,458,365,453 worldwide). Plenty of industry insiders are already speculating about the effect that last night’s tragedy in Colorado might have on potential box office results (and there’s no doubt that some moviegoers might feel less comfortable hitting a theater right now); however, given the situation, maybe film lovers need a fun trip to the movies now more than ever.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for more on The Dark Knight Rises as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

The Dark Knight Rises is now open in U.S. theaters (2D and IMAX).

Source: Deadline

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  1. I still dont think it will beat the avengers overall

    • I´d say Avengers has the advantage of the 3D theaters. Even if it wins, in my mind, it can never defeat TDKR.

  2. Avengers opened during the school year so not a lot of kids could go

    • This was my first thought as well. Doesn’t diminish the impressiveness though.

  3. Wow impressive.

  4. What is the premium format “RPX”, I never heard of it.
    And what is meant with etc, which other “premium formats” are existing moreover.
    I wasn’t aware, that there are other formats than 2D, 3D, IMax and IMax-3D.

  5. That is extremely impressive (ESPECIALLY if you take into account this movie isn’t in 3D – as outlined in the article).
    It’ll definitely be interesting to see how it does over the long run…

  6. You’re one of the only news sources who haven’t tried being purely sensational by coining this shooting as the “the dark knight rises shooting”.

    It’s terribly disheartening to see almost every news source (reputable or otherwise) forming a correlation between a movie and what is obvious the sick actions of a troubled man. Honestly, I’m just sad to see how the media has molded this entire incident into something it really isn’t.

    We need to deal with the realities, instead of attempting to peddle cheap sensationalism to earn more $. This is a movie – period. If it’s proven in the future that these characters inspired these shootings, then sure, let’s debate it. But even then we can’t go around prosecuting fiction for the actions of a select few. I would rather look at it the other way around – what about the millions of people who will watch this movie, get some much-needed respite from the everyday banality of our lives, and be entertained. That’s worth something.

    Yes, the shootings are an inconvenient truth, but we certainly aren’t being humane by trying to milk it for all it’s worth. I’ve worked with major media houses, and I here to say for the first time – we need to stop “selling” news. It’s sick, demented, and utterly sadistic.

    • Thank you for saying this, man.

    • I hope it doesn’t happen. Like I said on the other post, any relationship between this shooting and the fact that it happened during a screening of this movie have to be regarded as coincidences. He chose a place where he knew a lot of people would be, in a tight, compact place where he could maximize his killing. A movie theater is a pretty good place for that. He probably picked TDKR because he knew that on the opening night show, it would be packed. But it didn’t have to TDKR. It could have been the Avengers, it could have been Spiderman. It could have been Twilight. Any movie.

  7. Not to mention the avengers was released overseas a good 2-3 weeks before it opened stateside

    • One week, not 3: The Avengers opened “worldwide” on the 27th of April, and then on May 4th in the US.

  8. You should divide the Avengers’ gross earnings by six. One for each superhero 😉

    • Haha, so true.

  9. Woo! GO DC!

  10. What is that?
    A money tree that the HULK is holding?
    Very funny.

  11. I’m not surprised really, the theater I went to a midnight screening at had it running in all 24 theaters where the midnight shows of the Abengers were on 4.

  12. The gunman was dressed as the joker according to police

    • Not even funny man

      • That’s just cold, man I wish people didn’t go crazy like that…

  13. I heard 30.6….. Which is it? Every site has a diffrent number.

    • 30.6 is the official estimate given by WB.

  14. DC has been struggling with movies, other than Nolan’s Batman films DC hasn’t had any success in the comic based movie arena since Marvel kicked it into high gear with “X-Men” back in 2000.

    “Superman Returns” attempted to pick up a story that was over 2 and a half decades old.

    “Green Lantern” was nothing but a bland CGI fest with far too much cornball humor.

    I won’t even talk about the abysmal 2004 “Catwoman” movie.

    I’ve always been more of a Marvel fan but really hope DC can finally find success with something other than Batman. Competition is always good and it would stop Marvel from getting complacent as they make more and more movies.

    • @Ryan

      Have you seen the new Man of Steel trailer yet? Looks pretty awesome for a teaser.

  15. I’m sorry, but why is everyone making such a big deal about the effect of this shooting on the final numbers of the film?? It’s illogical to think because one madman went crazy and decided to kill a bunch of people during a popular movie that it would suggest that seeing a movie in your own hometown is now, all of a sudden unsafe. It’s ludicrous. The rumors of canceled premieres and screenings and whatnot seems so unbelievably ignorant in the wake of a shooting at a move theatre. One thing has nothing to do with the other. People who want to see this movie won’t all of a sudden be like oh wait, it’s unsafe to go to the movies now, let’s not go. You have an equal opportunity of getting shot during any event outside of your home. It just so happened this guy chose a movie theatre for what he probably felt would be the biggest opening of the year – so as to do the most damage. I hope Warner Bros takes no further action in regards to the film’s release because of this.

    • I agree with what you are trying to say but this shooting will effect the over all numbers for the weekend take. I wish it wouldn’t because I agree with you… it shouldn’t effect it!!! But I’m seeing it with my own eyes. The theater I went too on Friday night was empty. The employees I talked too said people were coming in all day to return their tickets to get their money back.

      • The people in the theater went to have a good time, we should all do the same but keep the victims still in our thoughts.

  16. Also, I fail to see how canceling a screening of the film halfway across the world is a sign of “respect” to those affected by this tragedy. If anything, they should hold smaller, free screenings with extra security in (only) Colorado for those who feel unsafe entering a regular movie theatre in that area.

  17. And so it begins…..I was hoping we wouldn’t be making direct comparisons with Avengers but I guess I was wrong.

    While the numbers are impressive, as the article points out, all this means is TDKR will do quite well (which should come as no surprise to anyone). I would prefer not to have these comparisons because it inevitably leads to DC vs Marvel debates which never end well.

    So good for DC and ALL superhero movies. May we reap the benefits of this popularity for many many years to come.

  18. was that cheap shot at revenge of the sith really necessary? if the first 2 were as good as that one people wouldn’t be talking s*** about them today

    • Sadly the first two weren’t so we do talk s*** about them cos’ they weren’t all that great, which is sad because I love the SWU.

      • Oh, and there I was thinking I was being clever using an exclamation mark “!” instead of an “i”.


  19. The shooting will greatly impact the Dark Knight Rises gross. Watching Bane terrorize innocent citizens won’t feel right. The Dark Knight Rises opening weekend will be way lower. Parents won’t take their kids to the theaters with bumped up security. I too will skip on TDKR this weekend as I do live in NYC, watching a movie that mirrors an horrible incident, Won’t feel right. My heart goes out to the wounded and the families of the victims.

  20. My heart goes out to all those who lost their lives and were injured/traumatized at the theatre in Colorado during the Batman premiere. I heard he also booby-trapped his apartment as well and some said he referred to himself as The Joker or something. From what has been reported, the guy was obviously influenced negatively by the ‘Batmania’. Got too carried away by ‘arkham asylumness’. That is always the fear over obsession- for anything! ‘Phoenix Jones’ fellas and all that. We need to maintain the dichotomy between reality and fantasy.

    A real shame. May we never have such happen again to soil the joy of superhero movies and comics. Let us take away the positives from comics and never the negatives. Let us address gun control.

  21. Its just a matter of time DKR will hit bronze. Maybe even silver. Will it beat The Avengers as the 3rd highest grossing film of all time? I don’t think that’s ever going to happen though. Hats off to both Nolan and Goyer for the tremendous closing! And Christian Bale, for donning the cape and cowl honorably and impressively albeit the voice. The question on everybody’s mind now is will WB even consider picking up the pieces from DKR or proceed with the reboot? I am still waiting for a definitive Batman film! Aren’t you?

    The “BAT”, by the way, didn’t resemble a bat at all. It was extremely disappointing!

  22. It’s not going to break bank like TDK and Avengers did. It’ll probably just reach over 1billion

  23. I was very impressed with how the dark knight rises did. to me personally, it topped the avengers on my list of favorites and tied for 1st on that list

  24. Here in Mumbai, bookings opened on Wednesday evening 6.00pm. And unfortunately I somehow forgot the option to book the ticket on my phone in my office. Back from office on Wednesday, by the time I opened the web-site for bookings for our local IMAX theater, I was shocked because the earliest tickets I could get was for this Terrible Tuesday morning show. Because all weekend …plus whole Monday was completely booked ! And when I checked my watch, it was just ..6,35pm. So I missed the whole weekend plus Monday in just about thirty-five minutes !

  25. So disappointed to see some are feeling like the film will be uncomfortable to watch because of the shooting. Isn’t the whole theme of all of these films about someone standing up to criminals and madmen, a hero emerging from the good and decent people who are drowning a sea of suffering and fear? Watching Bane be a brutal monster and knowing that he’s going to get his comeuppance, knowing that, as the title states, a hero will rise is a good feeling. To me, that should be inspiring right now. The more tragic a time, the more we need to be encouraged that there are heroes among us, and as hammered in Nolan’s films, they don’t all have to wear capes to be heroic and a symbol of hope.


    Why feel uncomfortable going to see this movie because of a shooting? Guys, things like this happen all across the world nearly everyday! It can happen any time, any where, you are NEVER safe. All it takes is one incident to scare people. Like Joker said:

    “If I tell people a gang banger will get shot or a bus full of soldiers will explode then nobody panics. But if I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everybody loses their minds!”

    Just because it happened in one theater, does not mean it’ll happen in others. There is no excuse or answer to “why”, some people are just mad. The world is nuts, by the logic of: “I can’t go to the theaters right now”, you might as well be a hermit and never leave your house (you’re not even truly safe there).

    Bash me anyway you want, it’s the truth. People just refuse to see it. It’s unfortunate this happened to those families and is very heartbreaking.

  27. I really get worried when people quote villains like The Joker for words of wisdom. They’re the bad guys for pete’s sake and should be vilified. Our kids need to keep this in mind to maintain the right orientation.

    Let’s choose better references please. Especially considering the incident.

    • @Claude

      Referring to me? I agree, not the best quote, but it makes sense. It’s from a fictional character though. Regardless, the Nolan Bros. wrote it, so to me, it comes from them. But you’re right, better references must be used.

    • Most of the stuff the joker said were pretty spot on if you ask me.

      That’s what was so creepy about him. he cut trough the b******* of it all. A mad man who knew the truth

    • Claude:

      The Joker may be the Bad Guy, but he always speaks…The Truth. And everybody knows that including …Batman. It’s just that The Joker takes it to the extreme.

  28. It’ll probably beat The Avengers in terms of attendance but l’m not sure about the gross