LOS ANGELES -- The Dark Knight Rises was on track to earn $160 million, which would be a record for 2-D films, over the weekend after a mass shooting at a Colorado screening of the Batman film.
Citing box office insiders, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and other media outlets reported Sunday that the latest Batman sequel earned $160 million to $162 million.
That amount would best the $158.4 million debut of The Dark Knight in 2008 and give The Dark Knight Rises the third-highest domestic weekend opening ever, after the 3-D films The Avengers with $207.4 million and Har ry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 with $169.2 million. .
Sony, Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal and Lionsgate have joined Dark Knight Rises distributor Warner Bros. in publicly withholding their usual revenue reports out of respect for the victims of the shooting early Friday and their families.