The final figure of the North American box office has finally been published, revealing "The Dark Knight Rises" victory on the chart. Amid the Aurora shooting tragedy, the Batman movie claims $160.9 million on its debut weekend.
Though the result is relatively walloping, it still doesn't reach previous estimation that the film would open to $180-$200 million. Still, the first weekend gross marks the third-biggest debut of all time and the best ever for a non-3D movie.
With the result, the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's Caped Crusader film series slightly bests its predecessor 2008's "The Dark Knight", which bagged $158.3 million in its opening week. It, however, can't outdo "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" or "The Avengers", which opened to $169.2 million and $207.4 million respectively.
Securing the runner-up spot is last-week's champion "Ice Age: Continental Drift" with $20.4 million. After two weeks of playing in the U.S., the animated film bags a total domestic cume of $88.8 million.
Another superhero flick, "The Amazing Spider-Man", holds strong on the third place with $10.8 million. Dropping 68.6% from last week, the Spidey film collects $228.6 million domestically in its third week.
Placing fourth and fifth respectively are "Ted" and "Brave". The R-rated raunchy comedy adds $10 million to its $180.4 million domestic cume, while the Scotland-themed animation grabs $6 million for a total domestic gross of $208.7 million.
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