Dark night casts pall over 'Dark Knight Rises'
Colorado shootings rightfully take precedence over ticket sales - no official top ten lists yet
While "The Dark Knight Rises" recorded strong ticket sales in its
opening weekend, the midnight screening in Colorado that erupted in
gunfire from a lone gunman that led to the shooting deaths of at least
12 moviegoers has understandably cast a pall over ticket showings. Some
film fans have stayed away from the film due to the rampage in Aurora,
Colorado last week.
Box office forecasters had previously predicted sales in a range of $170 million to $198 million from Friday through Sunday, just shy of the record $207 million set by superhero movie 'The Avengers' in May.
As one of the most anticipated films of this year, "The Dark Knight Rises" is now strongly linked to a national tragedy, perhaps discouraging ticket sales.
Box office forecasters had previously predicted sales in a range of $170 million to $198 million from Friday through Sunday, just shy of the record $207 million set by superhero movie "The Avengers" in May.
It appears the shootings had a chilling effect on motion picture attendance overall. 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.
"The Amazing Spider-Man," which opened with near-record sales on July 3, collected $10.5 million over the weekend. Universal Pictures' raunchy fantasy "Ted," about a man and his foul-mouthed teddy bear, notched $10.1 million at the box office. Disney's animated film "Brave" grossed $5.8 million.
Companies had previously withheld weekend results in deference for the shooting victims.
"The cable news networks were wall-to-wall with the shooting, so it had some shock value that will keep people away," former Columbia Pictures marketing Chief Peter Sealey said. "But it will be short-term. This movie will play for five or six weeks and still do great business."
Warner Bros. cancelled a Paris premiere and appearances by the cast and crew in Mexico and Japan.
"Dark Knight Rises" is the third and final film in a popular Batman series starring Christian Bale as the crime-fighting hero and directed by Christopher Nolan. Warner Bros. spent $250 million to produce it in addition to tens of millions on marketing.
Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, "Batman Begins" (2005), "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "The Dark Knight Rises" are considered by some fans as being cursed due to Heath Ledger's death by accidental overdose. Ledger, who played The Joker in "The Dark Knight," died months before its premiere.
"There will be a dark shadow hanging over this (trilogy) for as long as people remember the massacre," says Scott Mantz, film producer and critic for Access Hollywood. "And people aren't going to forget."
© 2012, Catholic Online. Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
- - -
Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Movies News
- Father's Day families flock to see ‘Man of Steel’
- Rapture comedy 'This is the End' stepping on quite a few toes
- 'Man of Steel' Superman flick gets rave reviews
- Low-budget horror thriller 'The Purge' packs them in
- 'Fast & Furious 6' biggest opening film in Universal Studios' history
- Enough to make a T-rex cry: 'Jurassic Park 4' is on hold
- Special effects mastermind Ray Harryhausen dies
- 'Iron Man 3' takes in $680 million in 11 days; second-best U.S. debut ever
- Netflix losing movies: Even less to watch?
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?