The Dark Knight Rises posts $15.1m opening weekend at the box office

23 July, 2012 by Brendan Swift

The Dark Knight Rises has posted the fourth biggest opening weekend in local box office history.

The latest film in the Batman franchise grossed $15.1 million at Australian cinemas, trailing the final two Harry Potter films and The Twilight Saga: New Moon on the all-time list (see table below). The previous biggest opening weekend this year was The Avengers ($13.28 million).


The Dark Knight Rises, the third Batman film directed by Christopher Nolan, was shown on 628 screens, delivering an impressive screen average of $24,048.

The release of the box office data was delayed at the request of the film's distributor Warner Bros. A massacre at a Colorado screening of The Dark Knight Rises killed 12 people and wounded 58 over the weekend.

The film has already grossed more than $US160 million in the US since its release on July 20, and more than $US88 million in foreign territories, according to Box Office Mojo.

Among other local mainstream releases, Ted held second spot ($2.83 million), followed by Ice Age 4: Continental Drift ($1.16 million), The Amazing Spider-Man ($930,772) and Brave ($590,011).

Among Australian releases, documentary I Am Eleven grossed $20,128 across 7 screens, bringing its tally to $85,072. Ryan Kwanten-comedy Not Suitable For Children grossed another $85,779 in its second weekend across 42 screens while Rolf de Heer's The King is Dead! took $14,127 across five screens in its second weekend.

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