Christopher Nolan's final Batman film confirmed as third highest opening of all time, while Warner Bros pledges donation to charities supporting victims of US shootings
Warner Bros and other Hollywood studios showed their respect by refusing to report official figures over the weekend in the wake of the shootings at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, in the early hours of Friday morning. However, the widely reported $160m estimated figure was confirmed on Monday, give or take a few percentage points. The final sum is only just higher than the $158m taken by Christopher Nolan's previous Batman film, The Dark Knight, on its 2008 debut. Experts had expected the final instalment in the trilogy which began with 2005's Batman Begins to rack up between $180m to $200m, suggesting that Friday's horrifying events may have dampened appetite.
James Holmes, 24, who is accused of murdering 12 people and injuring at least 58 in a mass shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, on Monday made his first appearance in court. Sporting a shock of dyed orange hair and a prison jumpsuit, Holmes did not speak and appeared dazed during his 10-minute appearance.
Warner Bros announced on Monday that it is to make a "substantial" donation to charities supporting victims of the Aurora killings in the wake of the tragedy. It will support a fund named the Community First Foundation, which has been identified by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper on the website givingfirst.org as a vehicle to help those who suffered in the attack, along with their families.
The Dark Knight Rises' $160.9m US opening is also the highest US debut for a non-3D film of all time. However, the film may yet end the year as only 2012's second highest-grossing superhero flick. Joss Whedon's The Avengers, which opened in May, is the current incumbent, with $1.45bn, a figure which also makes it the third-highest grossing film of all time. The Avengers also holds the top spot in the table for biggest US weekend openings, with $207.4m, followed by the final instalment in the Harry Potter franchise (with $169.2m).
The early success of The Dark Knight Rises has nevertheless led to talk of sequels and followups, despite Nolan's assertion that this will be his last Batman film. Star Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman, said on Monday that she would only be interested in reprising the role if the British film-maker could be persuaded to change his mind. "If he's interested, I'm very interested," she told Digital Spy. "I think it would be lovely to see more of her, but only if it's with the right people. She lives in this Gotham City, and so it would have to be established by the people who have made this Gotham City. For me, at least."
Nolan recently told Access Hollywood: "She's an incredible character and we're very excited to see her and hopefully we'll leave people wanting more." At the same time, however, he reaffirmed that he would not be making any more films set in the current Batman universe.Christopher NolanAurora shootingUnited StatesWarner BrosChristian BaleAnne HathawayBen Childguardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds