Claiming frontrunner status for the third straight week, "The Dark Knight Rises" once again sits atop the box office to close out the weekend of August 3-5, 2012.
Certainly encountering stiffer competition in the newly released crop of contenders, Christopher Nolan's final Batman installment starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway still managed to pull away from the field thanks to Friday earnings of $10.2 million and another $14.4 million on Saturday with forecasts pegged at a $36.4 million three day take.
Still managing to churn out solid numbers following the tragic shooting rampage which claimed numerous lives in Aurora, Colorado on opening night, "The Dark Knight Rises" easily retained the top spot at the box office to begin the weekend of July 27-29, 2012.
Void of any serious threats to its pole position standing, Christopher Nolan's final Batman installment starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway nearly quadrupled the nearest competitor while notching an estimated $18 million on Friday and $25.6 million on Saturday with an approximate sophomore weekend box office total of $64 million.
The excitement over its much-awaited theatrical debut quickly turned to sadness after a tragic shooting rampage claimed numerous lives in Aurora, Colorado, but "The Dark Knight Rises" still managed to deliver a dominant box office topping performance over the weekend of July 20-22, 2012.
Christopher Nolan's final Batman installment starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway garnered a powerful $76.1 million on opening day followed by $45.3 million on Saturday while tracking towards a $161.1 million premiere weekend in cinemas.
Delivering another solid performance for the animated genre, "Ice Age: Continental Drift" has become the third such film to garner the box office crown over the past five weeks.
While it hasn't posted as impressive numbers as predecessors "Brave" ($66.3 million) and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" ($60.3 million), the Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios tale about Manny, Diego, and Sid's adventures took in approximately $16.5 million on both Friday and Saturday (July 13-14) which places its opening weekend total at a pack-leading $46 million.