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Box Office History for Dark Knight Trilogy Movies

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Release DateMovieProduction
Box Office
Box Office
Jun 15, 2005 Batman Begins $150,000,000 $48,745,440 $205,343,774 $359,142,722  
Jul 18, 2008 The Dark Knight $185,000,000 $158,411,483 $533,345,358 $1,001,620,618  
Jul 20, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises $275,000,000 $160,887,295 $448,139,099 $1,084,439,099 Play
 Totals$610,000,000 $1,186,828,231$2,445,202,439 
Release DateMovieDomestic
DVD Sales
Blu-ray Sales
Total Domestic
Video Sales
Dec 9, 2008 The Dark Knight $282,494,005 $33,628,886 $316,122,891
Dec 4, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises $71,868,967 $80,258,316 $152,127,283

Our DVD and Blu-ray sales estimates are based on weekly retail surveys, which we use to build a weekly market share estimate for each title we are tracking. The market share is converted into a weekly sales estimate based on industry reports on the overall size of the market, including reports published in Home Media Magazine.

For example, if our weekly retail survey estimates that a particular title sold 1% of all units that week, and the industry reports sales of 1,500,000 units in total, we will estimate 15,000 units were sold of that title. The consumer spending estimate is based on the average sales price for the title in the retailers we survey.

We refine our estimates from week to week as more data becomes available. In particular, we adjust weekly sales figures for the quarter once the total market estimates are published by the Digital Entertainment Group. Figures will therefore fluctuate each week, and totals for individual titles can go up or down as we update our estimates.

Because sales figures are estimated based on sampling, they will be more accurate for higher-selling titles.

International Box Office: Wolves Feasts on the Competition with $164 million

August 10th, 2017

Wolf Warriors 2

Wolf Warriors 2 remained in top spot on the international chart with $164 million at the weekend. This is dominated by a sophomore stint of $163.38 million in its native China for a two-week total of $471.94 million. It is already the biggest hit in China, crushing The Mermaid, at least in terms of local currency. It still has a ways to go to become the number one film in terms of the US dollar, but it should get there shortly. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Dunkirk has Stellar $50.51 million Opening

July 25th, 2017

Girls Trip

Both Dunkirk and Girls Trip topped expectations earning $50.51 million and $31.20 million respectively. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets didn’t do as well, but it should do well internationally. Overall, the weekend box office rose 11% from last weekend earning $181 million. On the downside, this was 7.8% lower than the same weekend last year and 2017 had already lost its lead over 2016, so this is really bad news. Year-to-date, 2017 is now behind 2016 by $31 million / 0.5% at $6.46 billion to $6.49 billion. Things really need to turn around soon, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Hopefully the fall will be much better. More...

2017 Preview: May

May 1st, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

April is over and thank god for that. The Fate of the Furious is currently the only film that was better than a midlevel hit, while Going in Style might end up being the second-biggest release of the month. On the low end, there were seven films on last month’s list that didn’t even manage to open in truly wide release (2,000 or more theaters). Fortunately, May looks a lot brighter. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 should dominate the chart and get the month off to a fast start. Furthermore, every week there’s at least one film with a reasonable chance of earning $100 million domestically. Additionally, last May wasn’t particularly strong, so that should help 2017 overall. Granted, Captain America: Civil War earned more than $400 million, so the month got off to a fast start, but films struggled the rest of the way. The second-biggest film was X-Men: Apocalypse at just $155 million, while only one other movie, The Angry Birds Movie, earned more than $100 million. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 should at least be competitive with Captain America: Civil War, allowing 2017 to win thanks to its superior depth. More...

Featured VOD Review: Suicide Squad

November 28th, 2016

Suicide Squad

After Superman Returns struggled at the box office and The Dark Knight became a surprise $1 billion hit, the folks at Warner Bros. decided to reboot the D.C. movies as D.C. Extended Universe using the dark and gritty style of the Dark Knight Trilogy. That hasn’t worked out so far. Man of Steel barely broke even and the mixed reviews made a few people worried about the franchise’s future. The dour interpretation of Superman didn’t work and the editing and pacing was a mess, but at least it had an interesting villain. Batman v Superman was terrible and had one of the worst villains of any comic book movie I’ve seen. When that film was eviscerated by the critics, Warner Bros. stepped in and made last minute changes to Suicide Squad. Did it work? Nope. But is it better than BvS? More...

Home Market Releases for July 5th, 2016

July 4th, 2016

The Mermaid

It's a strange week on the home market, as there are no first-run releases and very few other releases to make up the difference. There are some contenders for Pick of the Week, but all of them are foreign-language films, which is again odd. In fact, two of them, Only Yesterday and The Boy and the World, are animated. However, in the end, I went with The Mermaid, which deserves to be seen by more and Blu-ray is a great way to see it. More...

Note: This list contains actors which appear in at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Box Office
Box Office
Christian Bale 3 Batman/Bruce Wayne $2,445,202,439 $5,172,083,501 47.3%
Michael Caine 3 Alfred $2,445,202,439 $8,287,439,135 29.5%
Gary Oldman 3 Commissioner Gordon $2,445,202,439 $10,855,102,045 22.5%
Morgan Freeman 3 Lucius Fox $2,445,202,439 $10,453,460,079 23.4%
Liam Neeson 2 Henri Ducard $1,443,581,821 $9,905,517,525 14.6%
Cillian Murphy 2 Dr. Jonathan Crane $1,360,763,340 $3,536,261,406 38.5%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least 2 movies of the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Technical RoleFranchise
Box Office
Box Office
Christopher Nolan 3 Director (3)
Screenwriter (3)
Producer (2)
Story Creator (1)
$2,445,202,439 $6,348,119,727 38.5%
Emma Thomas 3 Producer (3) $2,445,202,439 $6,347,827,374 38.5%
Charles Roven 3 Producer (3) $2,445,202,439 $7,671,911,014 31.9%
David S. Goyer 3 Story Creator (2)
Screenwriter (1)
$2,445,202,439 $5,142,025,306 47.6%
Wally Pfister 3 Cinematographer (3) $2,445,202,439 $4,280,540,981 57.1%
Lee Smith 3 Editor (3) $2,445,202,439 $7,562,424,028 32.3%
Nathan Crowley 3 Production Designer (3) $2,445,202,439 $4,446,469,224 55.0%
Hans Zimmer 3 Composer (3) $2,445,202,439 $29,952,210,284 8.2%
Michael E. Uslan 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,445,202,439 $5,141,237,813 47.6%
Lindy Hemming 3 Costume Designer (3) $2,445,202,439 $7,410,192,473 33.0%
Chris Corbould 3 Special Effects Supervisor (3) $2,445,202,439 $13,396,667,349 18.3%
Gary A. Rizzo 3 Re-recording Mixer (3) $2,445,202,439 $14,448,659,954 16.9%
John Papsidera 3 Casting Director (3) $2,445,202,439 $11,471,249,835 21.3%
Jonathan Nolan 2 Screenwriter (2) $2,086,059,717 $2,897,942,601 72.0%
Benjamin Melniker 2 Executive Producer (2) $1,443,581,821 $4,785,907,550 30.2%
Bob Kane 2 Character Creator (2) $1,360,763,340 $3,538,500,939 38.5%
James Newton Howard 2 Composer (2) $1,360,763,340 $17,247,759,538 7.9%
Kevin Kavanaugh 2 Supervising Art Director (1)
Production Designer (1)
$2,086,059,717 $4,815,003,322 43.3%
Simon Lamont 2 Supervising Art Director (2) $1,360,763,340 $3,777,120,651 36.0%
Naaman Marshall 2 Art Director (1)
Supervising Art Director (1)
$2,086,059,717 $5,034,579,981 41.4%
Paki Smith 2 Set Decorator (2) $1,443,581,821 $1,950,703,531 74.0%
Lora Hirschberg 2 Re-recording Mixer (2) $1,360,763,340 $12,891,160,022 10.6%
Tom Struthers 2 Stunt Coordinator (2) $2,086,059,717 $3,711,745,026 56.2%
Ed Novick 2 Sound Mixer (2) $2,086,059,717 $5,739,015,256 36.3%
Richard King 2 Sound Designer (2)
Supervising Sound Editor (2)
$2,086,059,717 $8,571,126,800 24.3%
Nilo Otero 2 Assistant Director (2) $2,086,059,717 $6,215,931,503 33.6%