‘Dark Knight’ Makes $160M Debut

CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM and © DC Comics
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    Despite a decision by major Hollywood studios, including Warner Bros., to withhold box-office figures for this weekend, industry insiders say The Dark Knight Rises made an estimated $160 million in debut ticket sales. That’s about $40 million less than the most generous prerelease projections for the action film. Those figures still make the opening weekend the third highest ever for a Hollywood film. The studios said they would not release figures for this weekend’s take out of respect for the victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colo., that claimed 12 lives and left scores more injured.

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