"The Dark Knight Rises" Breaks $500 Million Worldwide

Although Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" had tough competition this weekend with the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics on Friday, but it still managed to break $537.2 million in worldwide box office gross, with a total domestic gross of $289 million to date. According to Deadline, the film dropped 60% domestically from its first weekend for a $64 million dollar box office gross, but despite the drop is still the third highest 10-day domestic take behind "The Dark Knight" and "The Avengers." Analysts estimate it will also be the third fastest film of all time to break $300 million domestic.

Despite the 60% drop in box office gross domestically, "The Dark Knight Rises" still took the weekend at #1, jumping 42% from Friday (when the London Olympics opening ceremonies aired) to Saturday -- and it's likely going to break a few more records before its time in theaters concludes. Although the 2012 Olympics definitely played a factor in the film's less-than-stellar Friday performance, it seems the Aurora, Colorado shooting is still influencing some moviegoers' desire to see the film in theaters. Recent NRG research showed 20%-25% of domestic moviegoers are still hesitant to see the conclusion to Nolan's "Batman" trilogy due to the tragic shooting during a midnight release of the film in Aurora, Colorado.

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