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A week after the tragic shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Hollywood will be curious to see how many moviegoers will decide to stay away from theaters this weekend. The Dark Knight Rises, which has a record debut weekend, will probably finish on top again, but it might not have the second weekend many thought it would.
According to The Los Angeles Times, a Hollywood industry survey on Monday found that 25 percent of moviegoers are apprehensive about heading out to the movies still. By Thursday, that number only dropped to 20 percent. It is expected that these numbers will affect TDKR’s second weekend, as well as the debuts for The Watch and Step Up Revolution, the only two new wide releases this weekend.
Since opening to a record-breaking $160.9 million last weekend, TDKR’s North American gross is up to $211.8 million, reports Deadline. That is far lower than what the industry had expected, especially since 2008’s The Dark Knight was up to $222.1 million in North America after six days.
It has now been released in 23 foreign markets and is up to $125.3 million internationally.
Entertainment Weekly predicts that TDKR will drop 60 percent this weekend, grossing around $65 million.
The Watch is an R-rated sci-fi comedy with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. That film was also affected by outside circumstances. It was originally titled Neighborhood Watch, but was retitled in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting. The film is expected to make between $20 million and $25 million.
Step Up Revolution is the fourth film in the Step Up dancing franchise and is predicted to make around $13 million. The film, produced by Disney and Summit, comes after 2010’s Step Up 3D, which only made $42.4 million during its entire run.
Ice Age: Continental Drift is expected to cross $10 million, while The Amazing Spider-Man could finish in the fifth spot.