"The Dark Knight Rises" is nearing $400 million domestically and will become only the second film in Warner Bros. history to reach that mark. The first was 2008's "The Dark Knight," the middle chapter in director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, which topped out at $533.3 million.
Revenues for the finale are running 12 percent behind "The Dark Knight," which had climbed to $441.6 million at the same point in its theatrical run.
While the Colorado shootings may have scared away some viewers, the Olympics have dampened Hollywood's overall business as fans stay home to watch the games. "The Dark Knight" also had an advantage the new film lacks: a mesmerizing, Academy Award-winning performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker, with the actor's death helping to fuel anticipation for the film.
"All things considered, 'The Dark Knight Rises' is doing incredibly well," Dergarabedian said.
"The Dark Knight Rises" has proven more popular than its predecessor overseas. The finale is on track to top the $468 million international total of "The Dark Knight."
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. "The Bourne Legacy," $40.3 million ($7.8 million international).
2. "The Campaign," $27.4 million.
3. "The Dark Knight Rises," $19.5 million.
4. "Hope Springs," $15.6 million.
5. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," $8.2 million ($1 million international).
6. "Total Recall," $8.1 million ($18.7 million international).
7. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," $6.8 million ($16.2 million international).
8. "Ted," $3.3 million ($20.3 million international).
9. "Step Up: Revolution," $2.9 million.
10. "The Amazing Spider-Man," $2.2 million ($3 million international).
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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