Christopher Nolan’s dark interpretation of the Batman series comes to an end with The Dark Knight Rises breaking records for best weekend opening for a 2-D film giving it easy flight into the number one movie this weekend.
The Dark Knight Rises is the third in a now-capped trilogy from director/writer Christopher Nolan and his Christian Bale Batman friend that has taken audiences on an emotional ride to explore just how dark the saga of one caped crusader can go.
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Warner Bros. withheld box office return estimates all weekend due to the shooting that occurred in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight showing when a gunman opened fire on a theater packed full of fans waiting to watch the movie.
Based on estimates from Deadline Hollywood, The Dark Knight Rises grossed $161 million — the best ever opening weekend for a 2-D film. It also means Rises topped its predecessor, The Dark Knight, which came in at $158 million in 2008.
Coming in second place this week was the frosty friend adventure of Manny, Sid and Diego, Ice Age: Continental Drift. It grossed an estimated $20 million proving that kid flicks are still a top choice at the box office.
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Superheroes are also all the rage this summer, and The Amazing Spider-Man proves that with its weekend gross of $11 million. The Sony reboot starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone ranks third on the weekend list of top-grossing movies.
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Coming in a solid fourth with $10.3 million in returns is everyone’s favorite man-child, Ted, the teddy bear who talks like a sailor and has the maturity level of a stuffed animal. That is, of course, because he is a stuffed animal. He belongs to the character Mark Wahlberg plays with genuine idiocracy in Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s first shot at making a feature film.
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Brave, the Disney/Pixar animation about a princess who doesn’t want to get married came in fifth this week with an estimated $5.7 million at the box office.
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Magic Mike, the story of a stripper who just wants to “quit the biz,” stars Channing Tatum in a film that echoes his past experience as an erotic dancer. The film grossed an estimated $4.3 million and came in at number six.
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Rounding out the top 10 are Savages at number seven with $3.3 million, Madea’s Witness Protection at number eight with $2.2 million, Moonrise Kingdom at number nine with $1.5 million and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted at number 10 with $1.5 million.
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