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"Dark Knight Rises" earns $160.8 million in debut
"The Dark Knight Rises" took in $160.8 million in its opening weekend at the domestic box office.That's the best debut ever for a 2D movie.Before a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 58 at a screening of the movie early on Friday in a Denver suburb, "Dark Knight Rises" had been forecast by some box office watchers to bring in anywhere from $170 million to $198 million. The $160.8 million ranks it No. 3 on the list of top 3-day opening weekends behind No. 1 "The Avengers" at $207 million and No. 2 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part II," which earned $169 million. "Dark Knight Rises" beat the debut of its 2008 predecessor "The Dark Knight," which opened with $158 million on its way to a total domestic haul of $533 million.



Overseas, "Dark Knight Rises" brought in $88 million in 17 markets, according to Warners. The top foreign market was the U.K. with $22.5 million. It also made $15.7 million in South Korea, $15.5 million in Australia and $4.8 million on foreign Imax screens."Before the weekend, I figured it would earn around $170 million, and the fact it still earned over $160 million in the wake of the tragedy is very impressive," said Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com Box Office. "Never did I think it could earn over $200 million or challenge 'The Avengers' which was 3D."
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