LOS ANGELES, California – Warner Bros. Studios said Monday that their film, “The Dark Knight Rises”, grossed 160.8 million dollars at the box offices in United States and Canada during the weekend debut. The statement was released after the violent shooting in one of the film’s midnight screenings in Colorado.
The figure is below the industry estimates.
Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner, had no comment and only reported total ticket sales volume.
Before the premiere of “Dark Knight Rises” which is the latest installment of the Batman franchise, box office experts predicted between 170 and 198 million dollars in opening weekend revenues for the film’s debut, a figure that would have put it before the top grossing film “The Avengers”.
But in the midnight premiere at a theater in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, a man fired into a crowd in the early hours of Friday morning, killing 12 people. Another 58 were injured, with some left in critical condition.
It is expected that the film will become one of the blockbusters of the year, despite the violent incident occurring on the eve of its most anticipated premiere. Other special premiers were cancelled by Warner Bros. as a sign of respect to the families of the victims.