'Dark Knight' earns $160.9M in wake of tragedy

'Dark Knight' earns $160.9M in wake of tragedy

POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 10:14pm

LOS ANGELES — "The Dark Knight Rises" earned $160.9 million over the weekend, making it the biggest 2-D opening ever, following a mass shooting at a Colorado screening of the Batman film.

Warner Bros. said Monday that the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy earned $160,887,295.

The opening makes "Dark Knight Rises" the biggest 2-D opening ever ahead of its 2008 predecessor, "The Dark Knight." It also gives the film the third-largest opening after the 3-D films "The Avengers" with $207.4 million and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" with $169.2 million.

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