It’s not a particularly pleasant time to be running through box office numbers, in light of what happened in Colorado, but it’s probably best to look on the positive side of these matters; as movie fans, we can’t let the act of one lunatic spoil enjoyment of our favorite art form. It’s now a shame that The Dark Knight Rises will always be associated with such a tragic event, but the film speaks for itself and it is a fitting end to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy (read our review).

Warner Bros. delayed releasing their weekend box office numbers as a mark of respect,  however, it is fair to say that that the film probably didn’t reach the high grosses that it should have over the weekend. Having said that, the TDKR has taken the record for the highest-grossing weekend for a non-3D movie, scoring $160.3 million over three days – besting The Dark Knight’s $158 million, a film which went on to gross over $533 million domestically and more than $1 billion worldwide. It remains to be seen if TDKR will reach such a figure, but it is pretty much a certainty that it won’t beat the $614 million that The Avengers has accumulated domestically (it launched with a record-breaking $207 million).

The weekend take for The Dark Knight Rises also set a new record for the opening of a Batman film. 1989’s Batman, 1992’s Batman Returns, 1995’s Batman Forever and The Dark Knight all broke weekend box office records on their launch, with only Batman and Robin and Batman Begins failing to enter the record books.

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift was in second place, grossing another $20.4 million, which raised its cume to $88.8 million. It looks like this instalment in the franchise is going to fall short of the $196 million series best of 2009’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

The Amazing Spider-Man upped its domestic total to $228.6 million after capturing another $10.8 million in its web. It’s a great number – but not amazing!

Ted banked a further $10 million for a highly impressive $180 million total. A total north of $200 million looks to be on the cards for this R-rated comedy.

Disney/Pixar’s Brave crossed $200 million. Another $6 million raises the Celtic ‘toon’s total to just under $208 million. Bullseye.

Magic Mike finally hit the century mark after banking $4.3 million for an impressive $101.9 million total. It is star Channing Tatum’s third $100 million hit this year.

Taylor Kitsch film Savages grossed $3.3 million for a $40 million total cume. It’s Kitsch’s lowest grossing film of the year – behind Battleship and John Carter – yet it is the only one that doesn’t have the stink of box office failure.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection brought its total to $60 million, grossing $2.2 million over the weekend.

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom grossed $1.8 million for a $36. million total cume. The quirky comedy has now grossed more than $50 million worldwide.

Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love rounded out the top ten, grossing $1.4 million for a $11 million total.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted dropped out of the top ten, grossing $1.3 million for a $207 million total – a franchise high.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.