The Dark Knight smashes US box office opening weekend record
Story by Jack Foley
AS WIDELY predicted by most box office punits, Batman sequel The Dark Knight has broken records for an opening weekend take in America with an impressive $155.3m (£77.7m) in three days.
The figure easily beat the previous record holder, last year’s Spider-Man 3, which amassed $151.1m (£75.5m).
The Christopher Nolan-directed sequel also notched up a single day record by taking a cool $66.4m (£33.2m) on its opening Friday. Incredibly, the film cost $185m (£92.5m) to make and could well recoup its budget in its first week alone.
Buoyed by incredible reviews and the pedigree of the original Batman Begins movie, The Dark Knight has clearly captured the imagination of critics and cinema-goers wherever it opens.
It’s also notable for marking Australian actor Heath Ledger’s final completed performance as The Joker, a role last played by Jack Nicholson for Tim Burton’s 1989’s Batman.
Many pundits have already declared in a firm favourite to receive an Oscar nomination for his creepy performance as Batman’s latest nemesis – and many of his co-stars are getting behind the campaign.
American cinemas announced that many weekend screenings sold out way in advance of the film’s release, while movie fans even dressed as characters from the film while they waited to gain entrance to the first screenings, just after midnight on Friday.
Some movie theatres even kept screening the film throughout the night to meet demand.
A similar situation is expected to take place in UK cinemas when the film opens on Thursday, July 24. The IMAX at Waterloo has already sold out most of its showings (barring Sunday’s early hours performances), while smaller cinemas such as The Electric Cinema in Portobello Road are also struggling to cope with the high demand.
Chains such as the Odeon and Vue have also opened advance box offices as Dark Knight fever looks poised to sweep the nation.
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