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.
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!.