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Box Office: "The Dark Knight Rises" Crushes the Competition

Posted Sunday July 22, 2012 3:39 AM GMT

The excitement over its much-awaited theatrical debut quickly turned to sadness after a tragic shooting rampage claimed numerous lives in Aurora, Colorado, but "The Dark Knight Rises" still managed to deliver a dominant box office topping performance over the weekend of July 20-22, 2012.

Christopher Nolan's final Batman installment starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway garnered a powerful $76.1 million on opening day followed by $45.3 million on Saturday while tracking towards a $161.1 million premiere weekend in cinemas.

Finding itself bumped down a position after spending one weekend atop the movie world, Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios' "Ice Age: Continental Drift" earned $6.6 million on Friday and $7.5 on Saturday with estimated second place worthy sophomore weekend revenue forecasts set at $20.2 million.

Filling out the top five at the box office in expected totals are the Andrew Garfield/Emma Stone starring Marvel picture "The Amazing Spider-Man" ($10.7 million), followed by Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis' talking teddy bear film "Ted" ($10.2 million) and Pixar/Disney's "Brave" ($5.9 million).