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Movie goers this weekend proved they are not sick of The Dark Knight Rises. But they may be sick of remakes.

The final installment of Christopher Nolan's trilogy earned $36.4 million, enough to place it atop the box office for the third consecutive week. It has now garnered $354.6 million domestically in 17 days.

Go Batman!

In other movie news, Sony's remake of Total Recall - with Colin Farrell in the role Arnold Schwarzenegger made famous - did not make the major dent many expected.

It finished in second place with $26 million, which (adjusted for inflation) is nearly $20 million less than the original on its opening weekend.

Take a look at the top five below:

  1. The Dark Knight Rises: $36.4 million
  2. Total Recall: $26.0 million
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: $14.7 million
  4. Ice Age: Continental Drift: $8.4 million
  5. The Watch: $6.4 million
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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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by Hilton Hater at

It was (understandably) lost amidst the James Holmes shooting and the tragic loss of 12 lives, but The Dark Knight Rises fared very well at the box office this weekend.

With reports delayed a couple days out of respect for the victims, sources now say the third installment in this Christopher Nolan trilogy earned $160.9 million from Friday to Sunday, making it the third-biggest opening ever and the top-ranked debut weekend for a film show strictly in 2-D.

Batman Poster

In related movie news, the opening day haul of $75.8 million, bolstered by impressive advance-ticket sellouts, marked the third-largest in Hollywood history.

Of course, it's impossible to know just what heights The Dark Knight Rises would have reached if not for the massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

"The family demographic possibly stayed away from The Dark Knight Rises, and they stayed away from films in general, and that's not a surprise given what happened,"  Exhibitor Relations box-office analyst Jeff Bock told E!.

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For the time time since the deadly Colorado shooting that took 12 lives, someone associated with The Dark Knight Rises has spoken out.

And that someone is director Christopher Nolan.

New Poster for The Dark Knight Rises

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community," Nolan said, adding:

"I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting, but that they were there last night to watch a movie.

"I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me. Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families."

James Holmes is in custody for the crime, which tragically took place just miles from the 1999 school shooting incident in Columbine, Colorado.

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We have a few updates on this morning's horrific shooting in Colorado at the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

Warner Bros. has canceled a red carpet premiere event scheduled for Paris this evening and released the following statement:

"Warner Bros. is deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."

Secondly, numerous 911 calls from the scene of the tragedy have been released. Many are played/heard in the video above. Warning: they are disturbing in nature.

The NYPD has also released a statement in anticipation of screenings of The Dark Knight Rises across the Big Apple today. It reads:

"As a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the 'The Dark Knight Rises' is playing in the five boroughs."

As previously reported, a 24-year old names James Holmes is in custody and suspected of opening fire on a theater full of attendees after initially setting off a smoke bomb. At least 12 people are considered dead and 50 wounded.

Our thoughts go out to the loved ones of the victims and we will continue to update this story as news breaks.

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Rush Limbaugh recently referred to a Georgetown student as a slut because she wanted to have birth control covered by her health insurance plan.

Incredibly, however, this comment was positively rational compared to the conspiracy theory spewed forth by the radio host on Tuesday.

  • Rush Limbaugh Shot
  • Shot of Bane

Discussing The Dark Knight Rises and its primary villain, a terrorist played by Tom Hardy named Bane, Limbaugh went off about the clear connection between this bad guy's name and the issue Democrats have been hammering home in recent election ads: Mitt Romney's role in the company Bain.

It's a conspiracy, people!

"The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e," Limbaugh ranted. "What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there's now this make-believe controversy? Bain.

"The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date's been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bane?"

Well, readers, he's asking: Do you think it's a coincidence? Or is Christopher Nolan a secret agent for Barack Obama? Weigh in now: Are liberals behind the casting of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises?

 

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With all apologizes to The Incredible Hulk: Bruce Wayne is angry. And you don't want to see him when he's angry.

In the latest The Dark Knight Rises trailer, we see a chaotic Gotham, ravaged by Tom Hardy's chemically-imbalance and altered Bane. There are hijacked vehicles, turned-over cars, teams of armed police officers, a few shots of Catwoman, panoramic views of the troubled city and, finally, these words from Batman himself:

"I'm not afraid. I'm angry."

Oh, it's on Bane. You're in for it now...

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He's taken out the Penguin and The Joker (twice!), but will Batman be able to do away with The Avengers?

That's what many film fans are now wondering, as they anticipate the July 20 release of The Dark Knight Rises and wonder whether it can out-earn the first official blockbuster of the summer movie season.

If not, it certainly won't be for a lack of promotion. New Dark Knight Rises posters hit the Web this week, and now a pair of fresh TV spots are making the rounds. Aside from Christian Bale, of course, they gives us a look at Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman.

Remember: For all your The Dark Knight Rises needs, visit our pals at Movie Fanatic!

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by Hilton Hater at

On July 20, The Dark Knight Rises once again. For the final time, at least under the direction of Christopher Nolan and with Christian Bale underneath the iconic black suit.

Will the blockbuster live up to the hype? Will it exceed The Avengers' haul at the box office? Will we be able to understand a word Tom Hardy says as Bane?

So many questions, not many answers in the first Dark Knight Rises trailer. But plenty of excitement, that's for certain.

Warner Bros., meanwhile, has released a new set of promotional photos from the film, featuring Bale as Batman; Anne Hathaway as Catwoman; and Hardy as Bane. Click on each to enlarge and then bookmark The Dark Knight Rises section at Movie Fanatic for the latest scoop throughout the summer.

  • The Dark Knight Rises Promotional Photo
  • Batman Poster
  • Catwoman Poster
  • Bane Poster
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Step aside, Avengers. A new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has been released, painting a bleak portrait of a crumbling Gotham City consumed by utter anarchy.

The new trailer offers an extended glimpse of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, as well as a new Batwing contraption that comes in the form a flying pod of sorts.

Christian Bale is back as Bruce Wayne/Batman, with Tom Hardy as the villain Bane, in what will mark the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy.

Take a look at the stark trailer for the follow-up to The Dark Knight below:

The Dark Knight Rises also stars A-listers Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon.

Arriving in theaters July 20, the film will receive a major marketing boost as the new trailer above will be attached to The Avengers premiere this weekend.

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