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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 $282,614,109 $33,616,238 $316,230,347
Dec 4, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises $71,918,658 $80,672,165 $152,590,823

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.

Home Market Releases for December 19th, 2017

December 19th, 2017

The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration

By this time next week, Christmas will be over. This resulted in a short list, but not a bad week. Dunkirk is the biggest new release of the week and it is award-worthy and a contender for Pick of the Week. It isn’t the only contender, The Amicus Collection, Stronger, A Town Called Panic: The Collection, and others are too. As for the best of the best, I went with The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration on DVD or Blu-ray. More...

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 who appeared in at least two movies in the franchise.

PersonNr. of
Box Office
Box Office
Christian Bale 3 Batman/Bruce Wayne $2,445,202,439 $5,212,770,395 46.9%
Michael Caine 3 Alfred $2,445,202,439 $8,390,490,633 29.1%
Gary Oldman 3 Commissioner Gordon $2,445,202,439 $11,004,485,634 22.2%
Morgan Freeman 3 Lucius Fox $2,445,202,439 $10,463,979,243 23.4%
Liam Neeson 2 Henri Ducard $1,443,581,821 $10,021,353,171 14.4%
Cillian Murphy 2 Dr. Jonathan Crane $1,360,763,340 $3,535,808,024 38.5%

Note: This list contains people who contributed to at least two movies in 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 $6,342,541,591 38.6%
Emma Thomas 3 Producer (3) $2,445,202,439 $6,342,249,238 38.6%
Charles Roven 3 Producer (3) $2,445,202,439 $8,053,365,343 30.4%
David S. Goyer 3 Story Creator (2)
Screenwriter (1)
$2,445,202,439 $5,158,873,185 47.4%
Wally Pfister 3 Cinematographer (3) $2,445,202,439 $4,280,540,981 57.1%
Lee Smith 3 Editor (3) $2,445,202,439 $7,556,845,892 32.4%
Nathan Crowley 3 Production Designer (3) $2,445,202,439 $4,830,871,344 50.6%
Hans Zimmer 3 Composer (3) $2,445,202,439 $29,976,079,842 8.2%
Michael E. Uslan 3 Executive Producer (3) $2,445,202,439 $5,141,151,262 47.6%
Lindy Hemming 3 Costume Designer (3) $2,445,202,439 $7,607,889,230 32.1%
Chris Corbould 3 Special Effects Supervisor (3) $2,445,202,439 $14,714,759,389 16.6%
Gary A. Rizzo 3 Re-recording Mixer (3) $2,445,202,439 $14,454,526,533 16.9%
John Papsidera 3 Casting Director (3) $2,445,202,439 $11,623,067,684 21.0%
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 $4,785,820,999 30.2%
Bob Kane 2 Character Creator (2) $1,360,763,340 $3,538,414,388 38.5%
James Newton Howard 2 Composer (2) $1,360,763,340 $17,408,568,840 7.8%
Kevin Kavanaugh 2 Supervising Art Director (1)
Production Designer (1)
$2,086,059,717 $4,897,262,020 42.6%
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 $5,034,674,066 41.4%
Paki Smith 2 Set Decorator (2) $1,443,581,821 $1,959,190,473 73.7%
Lora Hirschberg 2 Re-recording Mixer (2) $1,360,763,340 $12,895,877,536 10.6%
Tom Struthers 2 Stunt Coordinator (2) $2,086,059,717 $3,706,166,890 56.3%
Ed Novick 2 Sound Mixer (2) $2,086,059,717 $5,741,778,511 36.3%
Richard King 2 Sound Designer (2)
Supervising Sound Editor (2)
$2,086,059,717 $8,635,571,625 24.2%
Nilo Otero 2 Assistant Director (2) $2,086,059,717 $6,210,353,367 33.6%