Batman’s Dark Knight soars at box office

2012-07-31 14:32

The new Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises, was number one at the North American box office despite last week’s mass shooting in Colorado, final data released yesterday showed.

Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded when a gunman sprayed bullets into a midnight premiere of the final instalment of the Batman trilogy in Aurora, Colorado on July 20.

Still the film finished its debut weekend with the third-largest earnings ever, and this weekend raked in earnings well above its competitors, bringing in $62.1 million (about R507.7 million), according to Exhibitor Relations, which tracks ticket sales.

Second place, with $13.4 million, went to 3D computer-animated adventure comedy Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

Coming in just behind was science-fiction comedy The Watch, which opened with $12.75 million in box office receipts.

The film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade as four suburban dads who form a neighbourhood watch only to end up battling an alien invasion.

Step Up: Revolution, about a crew of street dancers protesting urban development plans in Miami, opened in fourth ($11.7 million), followed by cheeky teddy bear comedy Ted, ($7.4 million) and The Amazing Spider-Man ($6.7 million).

Pixar studio’s 3-D animated fairytale Brave dropped to 7th place ($4.3 million), ahead of Steven Soderbergh’s comedy about male strippers, Magic Mike, ($2.6 million) and Oliver Stone’s thriller Savages, ($1.8 million), about California drug traffickers facing off against a Mexican cartel.

Rounding out the top 10 was Wes Anderson’s dream-like narrative Moonrise Kingdom, with $1.4 million.

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