Despite the Aurora, Colorado shooting at last Friday's midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," the summer blockbuster had a solid opening with $160.9 million in ticket sales, but the film's second weekend is boasting weaker numbers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Dark Knight Rises" is expected to rake in $59 million this weekend -- a seemingly impressive total that is unfortunately $16 million behind the second weekend of the trilogy's sophomore film, "The Dark Knight."
THR suggests that audiences are not only forgoing a night at the movies because of the Colorado massacre, but also because of the Olympics -- bad timing that could result in a 30 percent box office decrease from last year.
But the Christopher Nolan series ender isn't the only film to fall flat at the box office this weekend. The Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn comedy, "The Watch," rang in at only $4.5 million in ticket sales. The highly anticipated flick, which also boasts Jonah Hill, even fell behind dance franchise "Step Up Revolution," which grossed $4.9 million despite its less than stellar reviews.
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"Men in Black II" and 9/11
The Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' alien flick script went under a re-write after the 9/11 attacks. The climax of the original movie was set to take place at the World Trade Center.
"Training Day" and 9/11
Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke's "Training Day" -- a gritty crooked cop flick based in Los Angeles -- saw its release date pushed back after 9/11.
"Heist" and 9/11
Warner Bros. pushed back Gene Hackman's "Heist" from October to November 2001, as it featured a scene in which <a href="http://septterror.tripod.com/movies.html" target="_hplink">Hackman is shown "outsmarting airport security."</a>
"Zoolander" and 9/11
Shots of the Twin Towers were digitally erased in "Zoolander."
"Serendipity" and 9/11
Scenes including shots of the World Trade Center were altered following the 9/11 attacks.
"Collateral Damage" and 9/11
The tag line, "The war hits home," of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Collateral Damage" was changed following New York's 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"Sidewalks of New York" and 9/11
The movie poster of "Sidewalks of New York" was altered to obscure the Twin Towers in the background and the release date was also pushed back. ''A film celebrating single life in New York just doesn't seem appropriate right now,'' <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20396305_175677,00.html" target="_hplink">Paramount vice chairman Rob Friedman said of the delay</a>. ''It just doesn't feel right.''
"Spider-Man" and 9/11
Columbia Pictures <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20396305_175677,00.html" target="_hplink">scrambled to retract trailers and posters of "Spider-Man"</a> that featured the World Trade Center towers.
"Phone Booth" and D.C. Sniper Shootings
Colin Ferrell's psycho sniper action flick was postponed following the untimely coincidence of the DC sniper killings.
"Neighborhood Watch" and Trayvon Martin Killing
"The Watch" was forced to change the film's title (originally called "Neighborhood Watch") and marketing campaign after the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
"The Dark Knight Rises" and James Holmes' Aurora Massacre
"The Dark Knight Rises" canceled its Paris premiere and has had to rethink their marketing strategy after the Aurora, Colorado, theater massacre at the hands of James Holmes.
"Gangster Squad" and Aurora Massacre
"Gangster Squad," which features a scene in which four men open fire on a movie theater audience, is undergoing a re-write and its new release date has yet to be determined.