Well, it’s not a huge surprise but The Dark Knight Rises stormed its way to the top of the UK box office in its first weekend on release, making a cool £14.36m in the process.
Despite the 2D-only film not enjoying the revenue boost of 3D ticket sales, it still managed a hugely lucrative debut in the UK, if falling some way short of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s record-breaking £23.77m three-day opening in 2011.
The conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy also eclipsed the opening box office receipts of its predecessors The Dark Knight and Batman Begins, which earned £11.19m (incl. preview ticket sales) and £4.43m respectively on their first weekends out.
And Batman exerted more or less total domination at the box office over the weekend, with its closest competitor Ice Age 4: Continental Drift earning £2.1m and the tenth most popular film in the country - Katy Perry: Part of Me - taking a mere £38,327, demonstrating a hugely polarised UK film market at the moment.
The caped crusader's ongoing blockbuster rivals also added to their healthy purses over the weekend too. The Amazing Spider-Man grossed another £1m to bring its total UK takings up to £22.27m; Men in Black 3 added another £55,680 to its coffers, bringing the film's total earnings in Britain to £21.75m; and Promethus boosted its grosses by £39,075, meaning Ridley Scott's movie has now made £24.56m in this country.
Here’s the UK box office top ten in full:
1. The Dark Knight Rises, £14,362,443
2. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, £2,112,021
3. The Amazing Spider-Man, £1,051,641
4. Magic Mike, £885,330
5. The Five-Year Engagement, £77,158
6. Cocktail, £70,212
7. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, £59,788
8. Men in Black 3, £55,680
9. Prometheus, £39,075
10. Katy Perry: Part of Me, £38,327