Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises on Tuesday became the third movie in 2012 to surpass $300 million in North American box office ticket sales. The sequel’s domestic box office total now stands at $304 million and counting.
It took The Dark Knight Rises 12 days to reach $300 million after earning $8.7 million on Tuesday. The Avengers topped $300 million in 9 days and came less than $1 million away from performing the feat in 8. The Hunger Games took its time in reaching the milestone by requiring 17 days.
Two more films should easily reach $300 million before the year is out. Summit and Lionsgate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will get half of its $300 million in its opening weekend. Warner’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be a more consistent performer and should beat out Breaking Dawn Part 2 over the long haul.
The Dark Knight Rises still has a ways to go before it can compete with the previous Christopher Nolan Batman film, The Dark Knight. That blockbuster ended its theatrical run with a staggering $533 million in North America. The Dark Knight Rises has been tracking around 9 percent behind The Dark Knight on a day-to-day basis. If you round that off to 10 percent, The Dark Knight Rises would wrap its theatrical box office in the neighborhood of $480 million.
This weekend The Dark Knight Rises will face its first true test in squaring off against some direct genre competition in the form of Les Wiseman’s Total Recall remake.