UPDATE, 12:35 PM: Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures’ The Dark Knight Rises earned another $18.5M from 44 international markets on Thursday, giving it a new foreign cume of $149.2M. That means its worldwide total going into this weekend is $374M. In North America, The Dark Knight Rises took in another $13M for a fresh domestic tally of $224.8M.
PREVIOUS, 12 PM THURSDAY: The North American cume is now $211.8M from 4,404 theaters for a worldwide cume of $337.1M for its six days in release — which is less than its predecessor The Dark Knight earned in the same time period. But NRG research is currently showing that 20%-25% of the domestic moviegoing audience is still very hesitant to go this weekend because of the Colorado theater shooting. Overseas, Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures this weekend are opening 40 more foreign markets for The Dark Knight Rises, which debuted in France Wednesday and Germany and Russia today. Wednesday grossed an estimated $15.1M international from the 23 markets now in release for an overseas cume to date of $125.3M. France opened to €1.7m (US$2.0m) from 892 screens, including previews €2.7m (US$3.3m); UK cume £21.6m (US$33.8m); Korea cume KRW 23.5b (US$20.5m); Australia cume A$19.2m (US$19.7m); Spain cume £4.9m (US$6.0m). Japan opens Saturday. There is no doubt that the Aurora movie theater shooting has dramatically deflated the pic’s box office, especially considering that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy’s 2nd installment The Dark Knight earned more in its first 6 days (not adjusted for inflation or higher ticket prices) of $222.1M domestic. Overall The Dark Knight Rises is grossing well below Hollywood forecasts even though it was one of the most anticipated films of the year. Neither Fox’s The Watch comedy nor Summit Entertainment’s Step Up Revolution opening this weekend are expected to gross what was hoped.