Dark Knight Rises to $160M Weekend Box Office; Everything Else Has Big Drop

To say this was an unusual week at the box office is putting it mildly. The shooting at the Dark Knight Rises opening in Colorado cast a pall over the entire film industry. The studios agreed to delay the box office data until Monday, a highly unusual instance of the studios cooperating. Other than Dark Knight Rises, everything was down and down a lot. Most of it over 50%. I suspect this is a combination of the massive anticipation for Dark Knight Rises (including tons of advance ticket sales) and some people not going to the movies in the wake of the shooting. Either way, Dark Knight opened with $160,887,295, which is good for the #3 opening all-time, behind Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2. There’s some noise about it being the highest non-3-D movie, but I’m not sure to what extent the IMAX version does or doesn’t mitigate that angle, since Nolan was emphasizing the IMAX aspects during filming.

Joe Sacco and Chris Hedges on Bill Moyers, live chat on Wednesday

Hedges and Joe Sacco appeared this weekend on the Bill Moyers show. The book features text by Hedges and comics by Sacco as the two explore some of the most drastically compromised places in the United States, including Pine Ridge, ND, Camden, NJ and Liberty Park during the Occupy Movement. The show can be watched online, or even in the link below and there’s a live chat this Wednesday, July 25, at 2 pm EDT.

From Batman to Cannibal F***face: The 2012 Designer Toy Awards

Nowadays, it’s fairly easy to find toys or collectables from any mainstream comic (there is such a large array of Avengers figurines, ranging from pretty atrocious to an almost hyper-real quality). The 2012 Designer Toy Awards salutes some of the best comic toys, and gives everyone a chance to vote for this years best. The nominees are quite a sight.

DreamWorks buys Casper the Friendly Ghost, Little Lulu and many more classic comics licenses

A Lassie animated movie? A new Casper cartoon? It’s all speculation, but DreamWorks has just purchased licensing company Classic Media for $155 million. Classic Media, which was founded by ex-Marvel CEO Eric Ellenbogen and ex-Broadway Video’s John Engelman in 2000, has long been one of the biggest behind-the-scenes media entities, amassing a huge library of legacy characters including the Harvey and Western libraries, in addition to The Lone Ranger, Lassie, and many many more.

Nice art: Black Widow pulp covers

These have been all over the place, but Calamity Jon Morris’s renderings of early Marvel stories as pulp novel covers are the definition of nice art. And also, wouldn’t a line of Black Widow novels be cool?

T-shirt alert: The White Walkers

Looking for a way to declare your allegiance to both The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones…this T-shirt from FSC TEES may be just what you wanted. Only $15 + FREE SHIPPING and after July 29th no more orders will be accepted.

The Legal View: Historic Documents in the Siegel & Shuster Lawsuits

By Jeff Trexler

— Whatever the merits of the latest summary judgment motion in the dispute over the Superman copyright, its supporting exhibits bring together a number of important documents in two accessible filings.

Kibbles 'n' Bits: What is the best fight?

Things that were hanging around in the tabs. I had to close them.

SDCC 12: A Dad's View — 10 Things I Learned At San Diego Comic-Con 2012

by AK Benjamin

[AK Benjamin is the husband of previous Beat contributor Meridith Jensen-Benjamin. Here’s his view of the con, with some great advice.]

More on the Batman connection

Without going into overdrive over covering every minute detail of the life of the mass murder which took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises , it is very slowly being revealed that there was a Batman connection:

All is calm on New Year's Day

Seriously. I feel like it is New Year’s Day again now that you-know-what is over. I can clean the closets, file things away, start NEW projects and just get on with life. BONUS: Comic-Con was so early this year that I actually have five weeks of summer left!