The final installment in
Given that the film notched an excellent A grade with opening weekend moviegoers and earned strong critical reviews, the difference in receipts could be due largely in part to the Aurora, Colo., massacre. A week after a gunman opened fire in a post-midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20, Hollywood research firm NRG reported that 20% of moviegoers were reluctant to head to theaters. The start of the Olympics this weekend also may have affected ticket sales.
For the second weekend in a row, Warner Bros. distribution executives declined to discuss the Batman film's box office performance.
Indeed, two other movies struggled upon their debuts at the box office this weekend as well.
While "The Dark Knight Rises" may be lagging a bit behind the 2008 Batman film at the domestic box office, it has a shot as surpassing the second installment overseas. This weekend, the new movie starring
"The Watch" has been loathed by critics, notching only a 14% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers who saw the film this weekend also disliked it, giving it an average grade of C+, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
Financed for about $68 million by
The 3-D "Step Up Revolution" had the lowest debut of any film in the franchise -- trailing behind the $15.8 million the third film took in its opening weekend in 2010. Those who did see the fourth entry this weekend -- 71% of whom were under the age of 24 -- assigned it a B+ grade.
"Step Up Revolution" had a budget of about $33 million and is the first movie in the franchise to be financed entirely by Summit Entertainment, which was acquired by Lionsgate this past winter. Previously, the "Step Up" films were co-financed by Summit and
The "Step Up" series, which started in 2006 and launched
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Over the weekend, "The Dark Knight Rises" grossed $122.1 million overseas in 57 foreign markets, raising its international total to $248.2 million. The film performed best this weekend in France, where it debuted with $11.3 million, but continued to do solid business during its second weekend in the United Kingdom as well. So far, the Batman film has collected $47 million in the U.K.
Here are the top 10 movies at the domestic box office, with international results when available, according to studio estimates and Rentrak:
"The Dark Knight Rises"
(Warner Bros./Legendary): $64.1 million on its second weekend, down 60%. Domestic total: $289.1 million. $122.1 million overseas in 57 foreign markets. International total: $248.2 million.
(Fox): $13.3 million on its third weekend, down 35%. Domestic total: $114.8 million. $49.4 million overseas in 69 foreign markets. International total: $514.1 million.
(Fox): Opened with $13 million.
"Step Up Revolution"
(Summit/Lionsgate): Opened with $11.8 million.
(Universal/Relativity/MRC): $7.4 million on its fifth weekend, down 27%. Domestic total: $193.6 million. $2.7 million overseas in 10 foreign markets. International total: $44.1 million.
): $6.8 million on its fourth weekend, down 38%. Domestic total: $242.1 million. $12.2 million overseas in 86 foreign markets. International total: $412.7 million.
(Disney): $4.2 million on its sixth weekend, down 30%. Domestic total: $217.3 million. $9.6 million overseas in 24 foreign markets. International total: $92 million.
(Warner Bros.): $2.6 million on its fifth weekend, down 40%. Domestic total: $107.6 million.
(Universal/Relativity): $1.8 million on its fourth weekend, down 48%. Domestic total: $43.9 million. $200,000 overseas in three foreign markets. International total: $2.8 million.
(Focus Features): $1.4 million on its tenth weekend, down 24%. Domestic total: $38.4 million.]