The Dark Knight Rises Above Box Office Competition

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The cloud of sadness and shock that remains over The Dark Knight Rises, following the horrific actions of James Holmes in Colorado on July 21, did not keep this blockbuster from remaining atop the box office this weekend.

The third installment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy earned $64.1 million, taking its week-plus total so far to $289.1 nationwide.

Bane vs. Batman

By comparison's sake, The Dark Knight ($313.8 million) and The Avengers ($373.1 million) both took in more over their opening 10-day run.

But neither faced the sort of tragedy that has sadly enveloped The Dark Knight Rises, nor did either face competition from the Summer Olympics. Here is a look at the weekend's top five money makers:

  1. The Dark Knight Rises: $64.1 million
  2. Ice Age: Continental Drift: $13.3 million
  3. The Watch: $13 million
  4. Step Up Revolution: $11.8 million
  5. Ted: $7.4 million
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