Warner's The Dark Knight Rises debuted with $160.89 million this weekend. The third installment of Christopher Nolan's superhero trilogy registered the third largest unadjusted opening weekend gross on record (behind only this year's Marvel's The Avengers and last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2). Without taking into account ticket price inflation, The Dark Knight Rises opened slightly ahead of the $158.41 million start of 2008's The Dark Knight. When factoring in for ticket price inflation, The Dark Knight Rises places in sixth on the adjusted opening weekend list (also ranking behind The Dark Knight, 2007's Spider-Man 3 and 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest).
Daily grosses for The Dark Knight Rises included $75.75 million on Friday, $44.93 million on Saturday and $40.20 million on Sunday. The film's Sunday decline of 10.5 percent was in the same neighborhood as the 8.5 percent first-Sunday decline of The Dark Knight and could be a strong early sign for the film's holding power going forward. IMAX grosses ($19.01 million) were responsible for 11.8 percent of this weekend's total gross.
Internationally, The Dark Knight Rises grossed $88.0 million from 17 international markets. That places the film's worldwide start at $248.9 million. Key international grosses included $22.5 million in the United Kingdom, $15.7 million in Korea and $15.5 million in Australia. The film will continue its international launch next weekend.
Fox's Ice Age: Continental Drift placed in a distant second with $20.42 million. The fourth installment of the computer animated franchise fell 56 percent from last weekend's debut. Continental Drift has grossed $88.84 million in ten days, which places the film 12 percent behind the $100.56 million ten-day start of 2009's Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. In the bigger picture Continental Drift continues to have a terrific run, thanks in large part to its exceptional international performance. The film grossed $56.3 million from 67 international markets this weekend. That brings the film's international total to $440.4 million and current worldwide haul to $529.2 million.
On the heels of a very solid 17-day start, The Amazing Spider-Man took a clear backseat to The Dark Knight Rises this weekend. Sony's superhero franchise reboot fell a very sharp 69 percent to finish in third with $10.89 million. The Amazing Spider-Man has grossed $228.61 million through 20 days of release, which places the film 13 percent behind the pace of 2007's Transformers and 18 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's Hancock. Internationally, The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $28.3 million this weekend. The film's international total currently stands at $384.5 million, placing its worldwide total at $613.1 million.
Universal's Ted took fourth place with $10.01 million. The break-out comedy directed by Seth MacFarlane and starring Mark Wahlberg fell 55 percent from last weekend. Ted continues to pad its claim as the surprise hit of the summer, as its 24-day total stands at $180.43 million. That leaves Ted just $19.57 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.