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The Dark Knight Rises tops U.S. box office

  • New Batman film The Dark Knight Rises grossed an estimated $160 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices in its opening weekend, a record for a non 3-D film.

    However, the blockbuster's takings were below industry forecasts in the wake of a mass shooting at a midnight screening of the film in Colorado on Friday.

    Projected figures suggested the film would make an estimated $173 million.

    Twelve people were killed and 58 hurt in the attack at a multiplex in Aurora.

    The top two highest-ever openings were both 3-D films, The Avengers with $207 million and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with $169 million.