Dark Knight Rises & Box-Office
July 23, 2012 by staff
Dark Knight Rises & Box-Office, By midnight Thursday, TheDark Knight Rises had won the box-office weekend and entered the record books. A few minutes past midnight, no one cared. The Colorado theater massacre during The Dark Knight Rises froze Hollywood. In a rare show of unity, movie studios declined to report weekend ticket sales, a modern-day first for the industry.
Bigger than the box office, movieanlysts say, is the legacy of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises. Some fans already considered the trilogy cursed because of Heath Ledger’s death by accidental overdose. Ledger, who played The Joker in The Dark Knight, died months before its premiere.
“There will be a dark shadow hanging over this (trilogy) for as long as people remember the massacre,” says Scott Mantz, film producer and critic for Access Hollywood. “And people aren’t going to forget.”
The deaths aren’t likely to diminish reverence for the trilogy among fans and critics, Mantz says. “But there’s always going to be some sadness associated with it, because it’s the first (mass shooting) of its kind. The worst imaginable thing that could have happened to Chris Nolan and Batman happened this weekend. I’m not sure how you overcome that.”
The true test of the aftermath comes next weekend, “when we’ll see if fans still want to buy tickets,” says Jeff Bock, box-officeanlyst for ticket-tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. “This is the first time we’ll know if they’re as deeply disturbed by all this as the industry.”
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