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Monday July 21, 2008 3:51 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Record-Breaking Weekend for The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Okay, let’s not beat around the bush. We all know was huge. But how big exactly was it? Let’s break the numbers down:

  • The film grossed approximately $158.3 million, beating the record set by ($151.1 million) last year. The total already comes within reach of Tim Burton’s Batman. (The $251.2 million grosser has been the best earner in the franchise so far.)
  • Knight pulled in $18.5 million during its Friday midnight screenings alone. The previous record holder was 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ($16.9 million).
  • The movie had the best Friday total ever: $67.8 million.
  • The sequel earned $6.2 million from IMAX showings alone. That number, again, beat Spider-Man 3 ($4.7 million).
  • In one weekend, The Dark Knight grossed more than the last three Batman installments made in their opening weekends combined.
  • The Christopher Nolan feature, along with the strong performance from , helped the industry attain the best box office weekend ever. Mamma‘s $27.6 million outperformed last year’s Hairspray ($27.5 million) to become the biggest musical opener ever.

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Next Friday, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and Will Ferrell’s Step Brothers will do their best to come in at least second.

  1. The Dark Knight, Warner Bros., $158,411,483 (avg. $36,283)
  2. Mamma Mia!, Universal, $27,751,240 (avg. $9325)
  3. Hancock, Sony, $14,040,178 (avg. $3718)
  4. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Warner Bros., $12,340,435 (avg. $4361)
  5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Universal, $10,117,815 (avg. $3150)
  6. Wall-E, Disney, $10,070,396 (avg. $3042)
  7. Space Chimps, 20th Century Fox, $7,181,374 (avg. $2860)
  8. Wanted, Universal, $5,072,805 (avg. $2085)
  9. Get Smart, Warner Bros., $4,125,021 (avg. $1932)
  10. Kung Fu Panda, Paramount, $1,860,854 (avg. $1236)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)



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