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The Dark Knight Rises on course for $160 million-plus US opening

The Dark Knight Rises

Story by Jack Foley

BATMAN finale The Dark Knight Rises is on course to become the third highest opener of all-time in the US with figures of over $160 million anticipated.

Hollywood studios won’t officially report weekend grosses for any film until Monday out of respect for the victims of the Colorado cinema shooting.

But figures collated so far suggest The Dark Knight Rises is well placed for a healthy figure that falls just behind second placed Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (which opened to $169.2 mllion) and overall winner The Avengers (which hit $207.4 million earlier this year).

Batman’s figures are all the more impressive given the circumstances surrounding the shooting in America, which may have kept some audiences away, and because the film isn’t in 3D (whereas both Harry Potter and The Avengers were, thereby charging higher ticket prices).

Official figures were due to be posted on Monday, with other releases also suffering noticeable drop-offs.

Security was also tightened at all cinemas over the weekend in case of copycat crimes.

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