The Dark Knight Rises tops U.S. box office
July 24 , 2012
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.