Over in the US Joss Whedon’s The Avengers has reigned supreme as the biggest box office hit of the year so far, making close to $200 million more than its biggest threat, The Dark Knight Rises. However, here in the UK it would appear the while there was a staggering amount of love for Whedon’s superb superhero classic, us UK folk preferred Christopher Nolan’s more serious superhero flick. You could argue that The Dark Knight Rises benefited from a summer release, but figures are figures, and here, so far, The Dark Knight Rises is the winner.
It has been a close call, with The Dark Knight Rises making $82.1 million at the box office here in the UK (and still playing), while The Avengers was just behind with $80.56 million, but with The Dark Knight Rises still showing (and likely too until October half term in some cinemas) it is the clear winner. However, it has not been a great summer for cinemas in general, with the weekend just past being the lowest grossing weekend of the year (OF THE YEAR!!), and the lack of any real blockbusters has meant The Dark Knight Rises has been the film movie fans have come back to time and again.
The top spot here in the UK could change come the October half term as Daniel Craig’s third outing as James Bond is released, and it just might give The Dark Knight a run for its money. Then, mid December see’s the release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. While the Hobbit is unlikely to match The Dark Knight Rises figures in just two weeks, it just might take to thrown of highest opening weekend?
By Matt Wavish