Despite Theater Massacre, “The Dark Knight Rises” Sweeps Weekend Box Office

The final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, earned nearly $161 million at the North American box office this weekend, despite a theater massacre that left 12 people dead and more than 50 wounded.

The weekly film earnings were reported Monday instead of the usual Sunday out of respect for the victims of Friday’s Colorado movie theater massacre. James Holmes, a 24-year-old neuroscience student, has been charged with opening fire during a midnight screening of the blockbuster in a crowded Aurora theater.

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Holmes appeared in court for the first time Monday after he was arrested last week in the mass shooting at the sold-out movie theater. Arapahoe County District Judge William Sylvester ordered the graduate student held without bond, saying there was probable cause to continue the case. Twenty-three people remained in area hospitals Monday, 11 of them in critical condition.

Here’s how the Top 5 rounded out:

1. Batman: The Dark Knight Rises: $161 million

2. Ice Age: Continental Drift: $20 million

3. The Amazing Spider-Man: $11 million

4. Ted: $10 million

5. Brave: $6 million

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