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Colorado shooting quiets Hollywood, slows "Dark Knight" box office numbers

posted 22 Jul 2012, 16:59 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 22 Jul 2012, 17:00 ]

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WARNER BROS. - Hollywood studios were not releasing official box-offices figures on Sunday (July 22) after the fatal gun rampage at a midnight showing for the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," which made less money than some industry insiders projected.

"The Dark Knight Rises" recorded strong ticket sales in its opening weekend, but well below forecasts given by many in Hollywood, as some moviegoers appeared to have stayed away after the shootings at a midnight showing of the film on Friday (July 20).

The film grossed an estimated 162 million dollars (USD) in showings through Sunday (July 22) in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, according to studio estimates from people with knowledge of the data. That was lower than the 173 million that had been projected on Saturday based on Friday receipts.

"The Dark Knight Rises" was one of the most-anticipated films of the year before a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, early Friday, killing 12 and wounding 58 more.

Fox's animated family movie "Ice Age: Continental Drift," which grossed 44.6 million last week and was the top-selling film, had a larger-than-anticipated 51 percent drop for its second week. It grossed 21 million, box office sources said.

"The Amazing Spider-Man," which opened with near-record sales on July 3, collected 10.5 million over the weekend. The film had passed 217 million in domestic sales on Thursday.

Universal Pictures' raucous comedy "Ted," about a man and his foul-mouthed teddy bear, notched 10.1 million at the box office.