Colorado shootings did cut into weekend box office

Much of the attention has been focused on the opening weekend results for "The Dark Knight Rises," but last week's mass killing was a "likely factor" in a 7.5 percent overall box office drop compared with a year earlier, according to SNL Kagan. This weekend could also see lower numbers because of continued concerns. From The Wrap:

Many of the other big films in the box office top ten experienced steep drop-offs from the previous week -- among them "Ice Age: Continental Drift" (-56 percent), "The Amazing Spider-Man"(-69 percent) and "Ted" (-55 percent). Though it still had a monster weekend, bringing in $160.9 million at the domestic box office, "The Dark Knight Rises" had a softer debut than some analysts had projected. Speculation prior to the shootings in Colorado had been that the Batman film could score an opening of $190 million.

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