Despite Friday’s tragedy in Colorado, The Dark Knight Rises had a strong opening weekend but it still fell short of the record set by The Avengers. According to estimates, as Warner won’t release actual numbers until later today out of respect of the tragedy, The Dark Knight Rises pulled in about $162 million. That falls short of The Avengers’ $206 million and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2′s $169 million.
The movie came out of the gates strong with huge midnight and Friday shows, most of which consisted of pre-sold-out IMAX showings, but then declined sharply on Saturday and Sunday. The decline was caused either by people hearing about the tragedy or the nearly three-hour runtime turned people away who didn’t want to sit through a three hour Batman movie.
Nolan fanboys love to point to The Avengers’ 3D “tax” or “surcharge” as a reason why it made more money, but The Dark Knight Rises had a huge showing on IMAX screens, which traditionally cost a lot more than a normal 3D ticket.