Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight Rises did indeed set a record over the weekend. It's $160.9-billion gross represented the biggest take ever for a 2D movie. It's also the third best opening among all films after The Avengers with $207,438,708 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 with $169,189,427. Before Friday's shootings in Colorado,it had been expected to have a fighting chance of exceeding those two films -- even without having the 3D surcharge going for it. It was clear that the Batman finale's success came at the expense of virtually everything else at the box office -- in particular The Amazing Spider-Man , which dropped a whopping 69 percent from last week to $10.9 million to place third. Nevertheless, thanks to the huge haul of Dark Knight Rises , the overall box office was up 23.5 percent over the same weekend a year ago when Captain America The First Avenger opened with $65.1 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. The Dark Knight Rises , Warner Bros., $160,887,295, (New); 2. Ice Age Continental Drift , 20th Century Fox, $20,416,978, 2 Wks. ($88,840,284); 3. The Amazing Spider Man , Sony, $10,887,111, 3 Wks. ($228,611,425); 4. Ted , Universal, $10,011,310, 4 Wks. ($180,431,425); 5. Brave , Disney, $6,024,987, 5 Wks. ($208,774,173); 6. Magic Mike , Warner Bros., $4,291,432, 4 Wks. ($101,966,459); 7. Savages , Universal, $3,398,880, 3 Wks. ($40,055,075); 8. Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection, Lionsgate, $2,253,074, 4 Wks. ($60,289,622); 9. Moonrise Kingdom , Focus Features, $1,831,471, 9 Wks. ($36,087,959); 10. To Rome with Love, SPC, $1,420,891, 5 Wks. ($11,107,993).

24/07/2012