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article imageBatman makes $30.6 million at midnight; will studio pull film?

By Tim O'Brien     Jul 20, 2012 in Entertainment
FINAL UPDATE: Actuals released and before the shootings, studios were looking at up to $175 million, but truth is, event did not keep people home. Box office total is $160.8 million and third best opening ever. And the best 2D opening ever.
These are domestic figures only.
UPDATE: No, Warner Brothers will not be scrapping screenings of the film.
UPDATE 2: The film is on track to take in $170 million and not a record. Today (July 22), those numbers are closer to $163-165 million.
It will be a weird display of stories of the tragic shooting at a movie theater showing "The Dark Knight Rises" and the box office take as the weekend takes shape.
Now comes word that Warner Brothers is considering scrapping screenings of the film. Here is the latest update on that matter as this story remains fluid. Head here for news that Warner Brothers will not be cancelling screenings. The studio also noted they will not be releasing their box office figures for the rest of the weekend either. However, other studios can report so the numbers may get out, too.
Plus, taking shape now are reports noting that the suspected killer, James Holmes, 24, told police he was the "Joker."
They have scrapped the movie in Paris already as Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman were ready to walk the red carpet. According to Hollywood trade magazine The Wrap, it is a possibility. A spokesman for the Knoxville, Tenn.-based Regal theater chain told The Wrap, "We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our security needs as necessary," but did not specifically respond to whether they might cancel screenings.
Now, Box Office Mojo is not reporting on the numbers, but, the midnight screenings of the film did whopping business. First, it did beat "The Avengers" but it is not the No. 1 film at that time slot. That belongs to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2."
All-time midnight
1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" - $43.5 million
2. "The Dark Knight Rises" - $30.6 million
3. "Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn Part 1" - $30.2 million
As for "The Avengers," which sailed to the best weekend ever with $207 million, had a $18.7 million midnight showing. "The Dark Knight Rises" had the second highest opening (theater count) with 4,404. That was right behind "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" with 4,468, the leader there. Taking the film out of some theaters and the possible backlash among movie-goers may impact the final outcome as the weekend progresses. However, the other side is that Batman fights evil like the one in Colorado, so film lovers may not forgo a trip.
It has been learned that the event took place about 15-minutes into the the film, which lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes. Many patrons thought it was a publicity stunt. Other reports, including The Daily Mail, note that the screenings had ended when it happened. They note 30 minutes after the screenings (previews in this case) started. For their in-depth coverage, head here.
As more is learned and digested, the politics of the matter will also take shape from both sides in this presidential election year. That was where it was when many film critics received death threats after some negative items in a review and other reports had politicians linking themselves to the Dynamic Duo. Some even linked Bane to Bain Capital, even though the character Bane was created in 1993.
Again, it will be an odd weekend as the business of show goes on and this tragic event continues to unfold.
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