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"The Dark Knight" Sets Highest Opening Ever Record

Posted: July 20th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" became box office legend as it opened to over $155 million from 4,366 theaters, the highest opening ever for a three-day weekend. In addition, the film has now become the highest-rated movie on IMDB, beating "The Godfather."

"Dark Knight," from filmmaker Christopher Nolan and returning Christian Bale as the caped crusader, shot past the previous record-holder, "Spider-Man 3," which earned $151.1 million in its debut in May 2007. Batman -- after multiple stops-and-starts, is now the most successful superhero ever to hit the bigscreen.

Musical "Mamma Mia!" was no wallflower either, grossing an estimated $27.6 million from 2,976 runs in its debut to snatch the best opening for a musical in narrowly beating out the $27.5 million opening of musical "Hairspray" on the same weekend last year.

"Dark Knight" earned a record-breaking $67.8 on Friday alone. Of that, $18.5 million came from midnight shows, besting the previous midnight record set by "Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith," which grossed $16.9 million from 3,663 venues.

The film easily soared past the $47 million earned by Nolan's "Batman Begins" when opening in summer 2005. Sequel could gross as much as $220 million in its first week domestic -- more than the final domestic gross of "Batman Begins," which earned a total $205 million domestically.

Click here to read our "The Dark Knight" review.

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Source: Variety


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