In spite of the tragic shooting in Colorado, where a gunman opened fire during a screening of the Dark Knight Rises, leaving 13 dead and 50 injured, the superhero blockbuster still broke records marking the top debut in history for 2D title and the third best opening of all time at the domestic box office for any film with $160 million earning over the weekend. Although figures havent yet been released, The Hollywood reporter reports that the new Batman tentpole was also number 1 in the international box office with a $70 million.
The last installment in Chris Nolans Batman Trilogy returns Christian Bale in the role of the caped crusader and introduces Tom Hardy as villainous Bane, Anne Hathaway
as the Catwoman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a police officer.
Relegated to the the second place, Ice Age: Continental Drift suffered a massive drop over the weekend, earning only $20 million. The fourth title in the animated franchise was also unseated from the top spot in the International box office, albeit it managed to draw an impressive $58 million, totalling a $442.7 million since release.
The Amazing Spider-Man claimed the third spot, upping its domestic total to $228 million after taking another $10.6 million in the US box office. It was followed by Adult comedy, Ted, which banked a further $10.2 to reach a total of $180.4.
Pixars animation Brave settled in the fifth place, raising another $5.8 million in the US box office to a US total of $209 million.
Paramount/Dreamworks animation Madagascar 3: Europes Most Wanted was third overseas with $6.1 million. However, the pic had to be content with the 10th place in the US box office with only $1.5 million.