The Dark Knight Rises Tops Weekend Box Office

Entertainment Jul. 29, 2012 AT 5:00PM
CHRISTIAN BALE as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. CHRISTIAN BALE as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Credit: Newscom

One week after the tragic Aurora, Colo., movie theater massacre that left 12 people dead after a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises July 21, moviegoers remained hesitant to head to the cineplex.

Grossing $135 million in overall ticket sales this weekend -- down an estimated 25 percent from this time last year -- the box office was indeed sluggish, but the third installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy still reigned supreme.

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Earning $64.1 million this weekend, the flick starring Christian Bale ranks as one of 2012's highest-grossing movies. Though ticket sales fell approximately 60 percent compared to its opening weekend, The Dark Knight Rises has earned $289.1 million to date nationwide.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift placed second this weekend at the box office, with the animated kiddie flick featuring the voices of Ray Romano and John Leguizamo taking in $13.3 million, according to Hollywood.com.

Rounding out the top five flicks this weekend were Fox's ensemble comedy The Watch ($13 million), Adam Shankman's dance movie Step Up Revolution ($11.8 million -- the lowest opening in its four-movie franchise) and the Mark Wahlberg-Mila Kunis comedy Ted ($7.3 million).

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