Batman stays on top at North American box office

AFP News7 August 2012
Fans wait outside for "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere in New York City
Fans wait outside for "The Dark Knight Rises" premiere in New York City in July 2012. The Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" topped the North American box office for a third consecutive week despite last month's mass shooting at a US screening, industry figures showed Monday

The Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" topped the North American box office for a third consecutive week despite last month's mass shooting at a US screening, industry figures showed Monday.

The final installment in the Batman trilogy starring British actor Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader was well above its competitors, bringing in $35.7 million, according to movie tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded when a gunman opened fire during a midnight premiere of the film in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, a massacre which overshadowed the movie's launch.

In second place, with $25.6 million on its debut weekend, was science fiction action remake "Total Recall," starring Colin Farrell alongside Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

Teen comedy "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," was third, opening with $14.6 million, putting it well ahead of "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth installment of the popular animated series, which took in $8.6 million.

Fifth place went to "The Watch," starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn as part of a suburban neighborhood watch team fighting off an alien invasion. The film brought in $6.5 million at the box office.

Sixth slot went to "Step Up: Revolution," a 3-D dance film, which took in $5.9 million, putting it ahead of "Ted," a comedy directed by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane in which Mark Wahlberg's childhood toy comes to life. Ted secured $5.6 million during its sixth weekend on the chart.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" ($4.4 million) and Pixar studio's 3-D animated fairytale "Brave" ($3.0 million) took eighth and ninth spot, respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 was "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey as male strippers, with $1.4 million.

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