Here's something to keep you tided if you just can't wait until the theaters. (Photo : Warner Bros.)
With the movie massacre in Colorado looming large, Warner Brothers decided to withhold from announcing grosses for the opening weekend of "The Dark Knight Rises."
However, the New York Times has decided to reveal the gross based on information that it received from studio executives. According to reports from the reputable newspaper, "The Dark Knight Rises" grossed approximately $162 million in its opening weekend, making it the highest opening weekend for a 2D film in history. The total of course is well under the anticipated $190 million prognosticated by a plethora of box office trackers prior to the film's release. The $162 million is only the third highest gross behind 3D films "The Avengers" ($207million) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169 million).
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3D films tickets are more expensive and as a result inflate the gross compared to 2D film releases.
Sales were expected to drop after James Holmes opened fire on a crowd of moviegoers in Colorado and killed 12 while injuring over 50. After the incident, prognosticators estimated that movie goers would be afraid of a repeat incident and would avoid attending the film's opening night. At midnight on Friday the film brought in an estimated $30 million, second only to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" and its $43 million at its midnight screenings.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is estimated to have brought in around $77 million on opening day, the third highest total, behind "Harry Potter" and "The Avengers." That figure also makes the Dark Knight Rises the highest single day opening for a 2D film.
"The Dark Knight," the second installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy grossed $158 million in its opening weekend and eventually went on to post $533 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide.
READ THE REVIEW FOR "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES" HERE.