Batman still reigns in North America

Agence France-Presse
Tragedy or not, Gotham City's hero still reigns supreme


LOS ANGELES, United States of America – The Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises” topped the North American box office for a 3rd consecutive week despite last month’s mass shooting at a screening, industry estimates showed Sunday, August 5.

The final installment in the Batman trilogy finished well above its competitors, bringing in US$36.4-M, according to movie tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded when a gunman sprayed bullets into a midnight premiere of the film in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20.

Second place, with US$26-M in its debut weekend, went to science fiction action remake “Total Recall” starring Colin Farrell alongside Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

Coming in 3rd was teen comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” which opened with US$14.7-M in box office receipts.

Next came the 4th installment of a popular animated series, “Ice Age: Continental Drift” — featuring voices from an all-star cast including Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj — at US$8.4-M.

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 US$6.5-M.

The 6th slot with US$5.5-M went to “Ted,” a comedy directed by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane in which Mark Wahlberg’s childhood toy comes to life.

It was followed by “Step Up: Revolution” (US$5.3-M), “The Amazing Spider-Man” (US$4.3-M) and Pixar studio’s 3-D animated fairytale “Brave” (US$2.9-M).

Rounding out the top 10 was “Magic Mike,” starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey as male strippers, with US$1.4-M. – Agence France-Presse

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