Monday, July 23, 2012

Box Office: Dark Knight Rises Amidst Tragedy

As I said last Thursday, The Dark Knight Rises was set to conquer more than a few box office records especially as the third installment to a well-liked trilogy. But like many Americans, I woke up Friday morning finding out about the devastating and tragic mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. With a dozen or so people killed and many others injured by a crazed psychopath, box office records were suddenly the last thing on everyone's minds. Warner Brothers, rightly so, decided out of respect not to release any numbers during the weekend. And now that they have released them, what about them?

The Dark Knight Rises made $160.1 million which is good for third best all-time behind The Avengers and the final Harry Potter film and just above the series previous film The Dark Knight. One may never know how much more money the film would've made if the shooting never happened especially with people, especially families, staying away as precaution or simply because many just didn't feel right about watching movies this weekend because of the pervading somber mood. The film, however, still managed to record the highest gross for a 2D film as well as get an impressive $19 million in IMAX. Its opening midnight gross of over $30 million is also a record for superhero films. And again it's the third highest grossing opening of all time. Not bad at all! Time will tell if Christopher Nolan's film will find legs to get close to The Dark Knight's $533.3 million final tally.

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