“Dark Knight Rises” Leads Weekend Box Office with Estimated $162 Million Amid James Holmes Shooting Rampage

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman
“Dark Knight Rises” Leads Weekend Box Office with Estimated $162 Million Amid James Holmes Shooting Rampage (Warner Bros)

Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie, “Dark Knight Rises,” leads North American weekend box office with an estimated $162 million despite James Holmes shooting rampage at the midnight screening of the film that left 12 dead and 58 wounded, the New York Times reports. Dark Knight Rises came in lower than expectations, but it managed to score one of the best opening weekends at the box office, beaten by “Marvel’s The Avengers” with $207.4 million over its first three days and “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 2” opening with $169.2 million in box office receipts. I must note that the actual receipts won’t be known until Monday, as Warner Bros., rival studios and box office data firm Rentrak have agreed to a black-out, withholding early numbers and their estimates for the weekend out of respect for the victims in Aurora.

Hollywood and the entire country were shocked by former medical student James Eagan Holmes’ shooting rampage at Century 16 Theater that left 12 dead, including six year old Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress, U.S. Navy sailor John T. Larimer, budding sportscaster Jessica Ghawi (Jessica Redfield), Micayla Medek, Gordon Cowden, Alexander Boik, Alex Sullivan, Jonathan Blunk, Matt McQuinn, Alex Teves and Rebecca Wingo. Fifty-eight were wounded, with some still in critical condition.

20th Century Fox “Ice Age: Continental Drift” took second place with a solid $21 million, with a two-week total of about $90 million. Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man” took third place with $11 million, lifting its three-week totals to nearly $229 million, followed by Universal Pictures’ raunchy comedy “Ted” in fourth place with $10 million and a total haul of $180 million, with Disney’s Scottish adventure “Brave” rounding out the top five with $6 million and total of $209 million, the New York Times reports.

The Dark Knight Rises” was one of the best movies I have watched in recent months. Christian Bale as Batman and Anne Hathaway as the redefined Catwoman gave great performances and the movie was worthy of its nearly three hours. Hathaway delivered a saucy and sexy performance at the same time. Nothing like the other women who played the role.

Stay tuned for actual numbers tomorrow.