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International box office: ‘Dark Knight Rises’ reaches the top

Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway in 'The Dark Knight Rises' ©2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Legendary Pictures Funding, LLC

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Official announcements of revenues for films opening this past weekend were provided Monday, July 23, with The Dark Knight Rises earning an international total of $88 million for a strong No. 1 debut.

The worldwide total collected was $249 million with the UK as the top international market with $22.5 million, followed by South Korea with $15.7 million and Australia with $15.5 million. The Dark Knight Rises is the No. 1 opening ever for a 2D film.

Perhaps modest compared to The Amazing Spider-Man‘s international opening of $126.8 million, Dark Knight debuted in just 17 countries compared to Spider-Man‘s 69 markets. Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie opens in 40 more territories this week, including Germany, France and Japan.

The studio delayed releasing the numbers after the mass shooting at a midnight screening on Friday in Colorado. In addition, premieres in Paris, Tokyo and Mexico for The Dark Knight Rises were canceled and extra security was stationed at theaters over the weekend. It is likely that the rampage had an impact on ticket sales for families.

The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christopher Nolan, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, and Gary Oldman received good reviews and is expected to make up revenues in the upcoming weeks.

At No. 2, Ice Age: Continental Drift took a big dip, drawing $58.8 million in 67 markets.

In third place, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted took $6.1 million in 44 countries. It opened in the Netherlands with $2.7 million.

Finishing fourth, the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator took $2.6 million from 38 countries, crossing the $100 million mark over this weekend.

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