The movie theater massacre in Colorado helped to keep some filmgoers away from the debut weekend of The Dark Knight Rises, but not that many. The latest Batman movie is the last in the Christopher Nolan trilogy and earned more than $162 million in North America over the three days it debuted.
The $162 million was less than the $190 million that industry analysts’ had predicted for the first weekend. However, the tragic events at a Colorado movie theater changed all that. The difference indicated that patrons were either not interested in a Batman film over the weekend or were worried about the safety issues in their local cinema following the massacre carried out last week.
Nevertheless, the film finished the third most successful debut three-day weekend of all time at the box office. Only The Avengers that earned over $207 million this past May in its debut weekend and the finale to the Harry Potter saga, which took in $169 million, had bigger weekends than The Dark Knight Rises.
The figures earned at box offices over the weekend were not released by Hollywood on Sunday evening as they normally are. Executives at a number of businesses said the silence came out of respect for the victims and the victim’s families of the midnight tragedy in Colorado.
Nevertheless, a leading newspaper in the U.S. was able to get the figures and released them online. Warner Bros, who is the official distributor of the Batman movie, said that sales were helped over the weekend because of the huge number of advance sales that theaters had for the debut weekend of the movie.