Batman 2D version breaks box office record

  • 23 July 2012
A publicity photograph from The Dark Knight Rises. Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne dances at a ball with Anne Hathaway (Catwoman). She is wearing a mask over her eyes. Image copyright Warner Bros. Pictures

The final film in the Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, made around £103 million at cinemas in the US and Canada in its opening weekend.

That's the biggest opening on record for a film that wasn't made in 3D.

Despite the big figures, it sold fewer tickets than predicted after 12 people were killed by a gunman at a cinema in Colorado, USA.

The cinema had been showing the Batman film at the time.

A mark of respect

Warner Bros, the company behind the film, cancelled some of the film's publicity as a mark of respect.

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Image caption People have been leaving tributes at a memorial for those who died

A premiere in Paris was cancelled along with personal appearances by the cast and crew in Japan and Mexico.

Anne Hathaway, who stars in the film as Catwoman, said: "My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act."

US President Barack Obama met survivors when he visited the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora.

He said he shared hugs and tears and vowed that "out of darkness a brighter day is going to come".