1. The Dark Knight Rises – $162 million [debut week] File this under least surprising movie news of the year. Christopher Nolan’s final spin on the Batman mythos easily captured the #1 slot this week so the Colorado shooting seemed to have a minimal impact nationwide. The film pulled in $30.6 million on Friday midnight screenings, second best to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part II” which earned $43.5 million and had the advantage of increased ticket sales for its 3D presentation.
2. Ice Age: Continental Drift – $21 million [$63 million; 2nd week] Last week’s champ wasn’t expected to present much competition to TDKR in its second week and didn’t, but this wasn’t a bad haul and it’s fun for the whole family aspect allowed it to retain a good amount of its audience.
3. The Amazing Spider-Man – $11 million [3rd week; $217 million] There was still enough room in the box office for another superhero to entertain audiences. I wonder how many are those who couldn’t get into sold-out “TDKR” screenings and decided since they were out they may as well catch a movie.
4. Ted – $10 million [4th week; $170 million] – The foul-mouthed bear racked up another solid profit as it looks to reach about $190 million, but will finally lose momentum on “The Hangover” as the highest grossing R-rated comedy. “The Hangover” finished its run with $277 million.
5. Brave – $6 million [5th week; $202 million] – Another year, another $200+ grossing animated film for the Pixar/Disney collaboration.