The Dark Knight Rises earned $162 million
at the U.S. box office over its opening weekend as fans flocked
to the critically acclaimed sequel despite the mass shooting that
targeted viewers of a midnight screening early Friday.
The box-office figure was reported by ABC News citing unidentified sources at studio Warner Bros, which decided to delay the release of box-office estimates out of respect for the victims of Friday's Colorado shooting spree, in which 12 people were killed and 58 wounded.
If confirmed, the box office haul would give The Dark Knight Rises the most lucrative-ever opening for a 2D movie. Only The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows boast higher opening weekends, boosted by higher prices for 3D tickets.
Warner Bros. did cancel the movie's gala premiere in Paris in the aftermath of the massacre, but screenings took place as scheduled across the United States. Some theatres beefed up security and banned audience from wearing masks and other movie-related attire.
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