'Dark Knight' Is Tops at Weekend Box Office
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight Rises was No. 1 at U.S. theaters for the second weekend in a row, taking in an estimated $64.1 million, according to studio estimates compiled by BoxOffice.com.
The third installment in director Christopher Nolan's Batman series has now grossed $289.1 million domestically, according to BoxOffice.com.
Dan Fellman, the head of distribution at Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner(TWX) , declined to comment on the latest numbers out of respect for victims of the July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colo., the Associated Press reported. The shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises killed 12 people and injured 58.
Despite coming in first, the film's gross was down 60% from the previous weekend. The London Olympics may have kept some potential moviegoers at home in front of their TVs.
The No. 2 movie this weekend was 20th Century Fox's Ice Age: Continental Drift, which brought in an estimated $13.3 million, according to BoxOffice.com. The distributor is a unit of News Corp.(NWS) .
The fourth installment in the animated Ice Age series has grossed a total $114.8 million in its three weeks in theaters.
Coming in a close third domestically was 20th Century Fox's comedy The Watch with $13.0 million, according to BoxOffice.com.