Box Office Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Above Tragedy


In light of the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, the studios have been hesitant to release the box office results from this past weekend. Obviously, there are far greater things to be concerned with than the amount of money a studio has made on their latest release and everyone’s thoughts and prayers remain with those deeply affected by this terrible and senseless act. But alas, it is the nature of this business to report on such things, and so here we are. I’ll keep things brief this week.

We’ve talked ad nauseum about Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises here at The Awards Circuit, and it is a shame that the film didn’t get to experience a full weekend of sales in light of the horrific events. It’s fair to say the tragedy had an impact on the films weekend, and yet the TDKR was still able to reach approximately $161.1 million in sales, setting a weekend record for a film not in 3-D. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift finished second, tallying another $20.2 million in sales, with The Amazing Spider-Man ($10.7 million), Brave ($5.8 million), and Magic Mike ($4.3 million) finishing third through fifth, respectively.