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Monday, July 23,2012

Amid tragedy, 'Dark Knight' strong at box office

One of the biggest weekends ever at the domestic box office came and went without celebration.

Though the weekend numbers for the opening of Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight Rises" were eagerly anticipated, the other studios followed WB's lead in not reporting numbers, out of respect for the victims of the July 20 shooting. Exhibitors also showed discreet solidarity, acknowledging their security concerns, but were downplaying the glowing results.

And despite heavy media coverage of the massacre in Aurora, Colo., it is a measure of the national mood and the fact that moviegoers seemed mostly unfazed, because indications are that "TDKR" collected north of $160 million. Revised figures will be reported Monday, but if the estimates hold up, this would be the biggest 2D opening of a film ever, beating the $158 million for "The Dark Knight" in 2008.

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