'Dark Knight Rises' Opens At $162 Million, Third Highest Debut in History

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The Dark Knight Rises opened big with a haul of $162 million -- but the talley was lower than expected.

Before the Colorado theater massacre early Friday morning, surveys forecasted the film to open between $180 and $200 million, possibly giving The Avengers a run for its money as the biggest opening in history, according to The Los Angeles Times.

What records did The Dark Knight Rises break?

Christopher Nolan's final installment of the Batman trilogy enjoyed the third-highest opening weekend box office gross in history.

Warner Bros. -- and other major film studios -- also made history, by not releasing box office revenue figures Sunday out of respect for the grieving families.

The shooting massacre that occurred in Aurora, Colorado shortly after a midnight showing left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

"I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community," Nolan said in a statement following the tragedy. He continued:

I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime. The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.
Read Nolan's entire statement here.

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  • Anon
    Anon

    Oh please. In what tangible way would withholding the numbers help the grieving people?

  • CJ
    CJ

    As a member of "the media," I'm disgusted that Celebuzz decided to post weekend numbers despite a plea from WB to hold numbers out of respect of the victims. Obviously, getting a few hits was more important to you.