BOX OFFICE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Hits $71M Worldwide: $30.6M At Midnight Screenings

BOX OFFICE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Hits $71M Worldwide: $30.6M At Midnight Screenings

We've already had some box office figures for The Dark Knight Rises, but the official numbers now reveal an even better result than expected. Warner Bros. insiders also claim that the tragedy in Colorado has done little to slow down ticket sales.

Deadline reports that the official number for North American midnight showings is in fact $30.640 million. A total of $2.232 million came from IMAX screenings, while this record obviously shatters the one set earlier in the year by Marvel's The Avengers. With a strong international opening, the highly anticipated threequel from Christopher Nolan has amassed a worldwide cume of $71 million. While there's no doubting that it will beat The Dark Knight's opening weekend record of $158 million, the question now remains over whether or not it will topple the $207.4 million earned by The Avengers. Meanwhile, a Warner Bros. insider tells the site that the tragic shooting in Colorado has done little to effect its box office haul. "What happened in Colorado is a tragedy, make no mistake about it. But East Coast numbers are coming in like nothing ever happened. We grossed half a million dollars by 10 AM just in Manhattan. One incident, as horrific as it is, does not necessarily cause people to want to change their patterns. Young people still want to go to movie theaters and they still want to see this movie." The fact is, The Dark Knight Rises has already made over $30 million in pre-sales, so it won't lose that money regardless of whether moviegoers turn up this weekend. We won't see what impact that has truly had until late tomorrow or early Sunday. Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight." The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.


Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine as Alfred
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
Tom Hardy as Bane
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Josh Pence as Ra's Al Ghul

RELEASE DATE: July 20th, 2012

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