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‘Dark Knight Rises’ Weekend Box Office Officially Released

The Dark Knight Rises
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Despite announcing they wouldn’t release the weekend box office numbers for ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ out of respect for the victims of the Colorado shooting, Warner Bros. has released the weekend box office numbers for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ today. And?

While it fell short of ‘The Avengers‘ all-time record of $207 million, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ can now claim it has the highest opening weekend for any non-3D film of all-time and the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all-time (behind ‘Avengers’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2′). With $160,887,295 million, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ performed well, especially considering the tragedy early Friday morning may have dampened audiences plans to see the movie.

It was an impossible to predict weekend for the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ as no one really knew how the public would react following the tragic shooting in Colorado. And while it didn’t beat ‘The Avengers’ it also didn’t have the 3D ticket bonus that ‘The Avengers’ had (though, in fairness, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ had almost an hour of footage in IMAX, which incurs a ticket upcharge).

According to Exhibitor Relations Co., ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ made $75.7 million on Friday, $44.9 million on Saturday and $40.2 million on Sunday. That’s a steep decline from Friday to Sunday, no doubt precipitated by the shooting, which may have kept some people home.

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