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'Dark Knight' set to shatter Box Office records

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Jul 2008 14:09 User comments (40)

'Dark Knight' set to shatter Box Office records The US' latest box office hit, Warner Bros' masterpiece The Dark Knight has already broken two records and is well on its way to shatter more, according to figures released today.
A press release from Warner Bros. reads that "Just past the stroke of midnight, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dark Knight broke the record for a 12:01 a.m. film opening, earning an unprecedented $18,489,000 at the box office... That total does not include the grosses from the subsequent 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. showings."

One record down.

Later in the day, the studio, as well as such reputable sites as Box Office Mojo revealed that The Dark Knight had broken the record for sales on opening day, bringing in about $66.4 million USD. The previous record was the $59.8 million USD brought in by Spider-Man 3 last year.

The next record in TDK's path is that of all-time opening weekend, which is currently held by Spider-Man 3 with a gigantic $151.1 million. Judging by the first day sales as well as the huge amount of pre-orders, analysts, as well as the studio, expect the Batman sequel to top the record and bring in almost $160 million USD.

I believe these numbers once again prove that movie studios have the solution for piracy in their possession but hardly ever use it. Make a great movie and make sure that it is worth watching on a 50 feet screen and not a 50 inch LCD. Piracy problem solved?

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119.7.2008 14:18

I'm still going to wait a week for some of the hype to die down. Glad to see it's doing good so far.

219.7.2008 14:56

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I believe these numbers once again prove that movie studios have the solution for piracy in their possession but hardly ever use it. Make a great movie and make sure that it is worth watching on a 50 feet screen and not a 50 inch LCD. Piracy problem solved?
So bloody true

319.7.2008 14:58
adamryer
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went to it last night and it lived up to all the hype and then some! By far the best superhero movie ive ever seen, by far the best batman movie ever, and its also a top notch crime movie in my mind. If you haven't seen it yet what are you waiting for?!?! Looking forward to buying it on blu-ray in a few months :)

419.7.2008 17:05

Originally posted by adamryer:
went to it last night and it lived up to all the hype and then some! By far the best superhero movie ive ever seen, by far the best batman movie ever, and its also a top notch crime movie in my mind. If you haven't seen it yet what are you waiting for?!?! Looking forward to buying it on blu-ray in a few months :)

Couldn't agree more i though i would never see someone play Joker better than Jack Nick but Heath L took joker to another level.

519.7.2008 18:51

Originally posted by NexGen76:

Couldn't agree more i though i would never see someone play Joker better than Jack Nick but Heath L took joker to another level.
I'll have to see it. I though Mr. Nicholson was incredible as the Joker. You're not the only person that has made that claim though.

I'll just have to see it and judge for myself.


619.7.2008 19:40

I really want to see this movie now even while it's in theathers. I havent hone to a movie theather in about 2 years because its not worth it. Now a days movies look and sound better at home when you have the right equipment. and about that dead dude being the graeatest joker is probably crap people say that because he is dead. Come on guys the sucker died on an overdose of what ever drug he was using. What a moron...... I hate drug users my father is/was one (it changes from year to year)

719.7.2008 22:44

It was a great movie, in fact I liked it so much I almost saw it again, 15 minutes after the midnight showing got out, at 03:15.

Heath did an awesome job and I will definitely buy the movie when it comes out.

As for "Piracy" well, the weapon to "kill" it is hard to load. Not many great movies come along like that often, however if they did piracy wouldn't be much of a problem in my opinion.

Peace

819.7.2008 22:48
AXT
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This is the best movie since Lord of the Rings, me and my friends liked it so much that we are going to watch it again at the imax. And after it is released on blu-ray I will buy it.

919.7.2008 23:13

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I really want to see this movie now even while it's in theathers. I havent hone to a movie theather in about 2 years because its not worth it. Now a days movies look and sound better at home when you have the right equipment. and about that dead dude being the graeatest joker is probably crap people say that because he is dead. Come on guys the sucker died on an overdose of what ever drug he was using. What a moron...... I hate drug users my father is/was one (it changes from year to year)
First, I would like to say I loved the movie, I thought it was amazing, and thought Heath Leger did some of the best acting I've ever seen. Plot, and acting wise, in my opinion, it was the best movie I've seen all year. Heath Leger may have died from a drug overdose, however I don't feel like that made his part over hyped. You can dislike Heath Leger, but it would be hard to deny that he did an amazing job as the joker in Dark Night. I felt like the drugs may have helped him play the part a little bit better. If you've seen the movie, he seems to be a little out there, and tend to make you wonder if he's acting. There are many famous people that have died drug related deaths, and I feel like they were more talented and unique than mainstream commercialized people. I'm not trying to start anything, but it seems hard to believe that you can judge somebodies acting ability (especially without seeing the movie), based on their bad choices.

1020.7.2008 0:11
atomicxl
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Good stuff, but I really don't see what all the hype was. People were describing this as like Silence of the Lambs with Batman. They were saying it was really mature. It still has goofy out of place one liners and gag jokes. Ledger gives a great performance. And there are monologues.

I don't get where the "best xxxxxx ever" stuff is coming from. To me, its like Batman Begins but with a better bad guy. Still a great movie, but more of an A- than the S rating. Plus it drags. Theres always action or something going on, but often it feels like its going nowhere.

1120.7.2008 1:03

ledger joker was the greatest performance all time you must see the movie

1220.7.2008 8:34
wasprider
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Silence of the Lambs


hahahahahhaha. That movie was awful. The most overrated movie ever. Silence of the Lambs...lol

1320.7.2008 13:18

hmm yeah its a darn shame warner or any other studios dont work too hard to bring great movies..ive seen about 3 movies in the cinema in the last 2 years and 2 of them only as part of a date rather than going for the 50 feet screen experience..give me movies like hancock or men in black and ill consider paying 12$ & the cinema instead of waiting few months for the DVDRip

1420.7.2008 15:57

Originally posted by embo22000:
I really want to see this movie now even while it's in theathers. I havent hone to a movie theather in about 2 years because its not worth it. Now a days movies look and sound better at home when you have the right equipment. and about that dead dude being the graeatest joker is probably crap people say that because he is dead. Come on guys the sucker died on an overdose of what ever drug he was using. What a moron...... I hate drug users my father is/was one (it changes from year to year)
Relax guy, no need to go off on the deceased and no need to call him a moron. If you read your news, you would know he died of an accidental overdose, he mixed some pills that he shouldn't have and paid the ultimate price. It's easy to judge someone when you haven't walked in their shoes.

1520.7.2008 17:29

I didnt realize who Joker was untill my wife asked me how he did & i thought he was great! the whole movie was cast great! there was some extremely great acting in this movie! This may b the title to buy a Blu-Ray for!

1620.7.2008 20:15
Random86
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Originally posted by embo22000:
I really want to see this movie now even while it's in theathers. I havent hone to a movie theather in about 2 years because its not worth it. Now a days movies look and sound better at home when you have the right equipment. and about that dead dude being the graeatest joker is probably crap people say that because he is dead. Come on guys the sucker died on an overdose of what ever drug he was using. What a moron...... I hate drug users my father is/was one (it changes from year to year)
Yeah okay there dumbass, before you go on calling a great actor a sucker and a moron, I'd read up on my facts. Heath put up a great performance in the film and I don't think you can judge him without seeing the film yourself but I understand that may be a while since you like staying at home watching movies by yourself and not going out and enjoying them with their friends.. if you know what they are. Also, don't go around comparing Heath to your drug-abusing father, as ufcmoe said, he died of an accidental overdose on some pills. Next time don't make assumptions that people are praising his performance just because he is dead. Get out of your house and go watch the movie (wow 2 years..) otherwise don't make such a senseless post.

1720.7.2008 20:56

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Yeah okay there dumbass, before you go on calling a great actor a sucker and a moron, I'd read up on my facts. Heath put up a great performance in the film and I don't think you can judge him without seeing the film yourself but I understand that may be a while since you like staying at home watching movies by yourself and not going out and enjoying them with their friends.. if you know what they are. Also, don't go around comparing Heath to your drug-abusing father, as ufcmoe said, he died of an accidental overdose on some pills. Next time don't make assumptions that people are praising his performance just because he is dead. Get out of your house and go watch the movie (wow 2 years..) otherwise don't make such a senseless post./quote]
Wow, I thought I was being hard on him for that post. But I've read a few post similar to this, so I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought that way.
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1820.7.2008 22:22

yeah right accidental overdose my ass. Any good actor could have done the same performance.....and ofcourse he is i mean was a moron. Why are you defending a dead joker anyways. people die and disappear......

1921.7.2008 3:37

I think enough people have proven you wrong. Theres not really much to say, so I'll report you. I guess my reasoning should be bad language, and just acting like you want to start something for no apparent reason. *Reported*

2021.7.2008 4:27

I really enjoyed this movie, and agree that Heath Ledger's performance was extraordinary. Not many actors would have dedicated themselves into this role like Ledger did.
Awful shame about the accidental overdose.

2121.7.2008 4:58

embo22000 - a news item is no place to be irrelevant, or to bother people with your personal problems. Now let's have this thread back on track..
And bad-mouthing someone who's no longer with us ie deceased is pretty low. Again, let's not forget this is a news item.

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2221.7.2008 12:52

Heath's performance was astounding. The character had sort of a charisma that you wanted to like, until his depravity was exposed. And it was a constant see-saw. Whenever you thought he was a normal person turned criminal, the twitch of his mouth, the licking of his lips, the random snarling brought you back to the reality of how psychotic the character was. He would talk in a mellow, soothing voice, but then instantly become this fierce, evil creature, and then snap back into mellow. And when he spoke in a mellow voice, I found myself wanting to believe what he was saying, regardless of how twisteed it was. I wanted to believe that something made him this way, but in the end, he came across as completely enigmatic and purely evil. The way he walked would make you feel sorry for the guy if you didn't know him, until you realized he was choking kittens with his bare hands underneath his trench coat (that didn't happen in the movie - just trying to describe how twisted he was). Heath brought all of these little details together into one consistent character throughout the entire movie.

I was reading about how Heath prepared for this role and it's pretty amazing. I was completely mesmerized by his portrayal and personally feel it is the best villian role I've ever seen on screen.

Bluray is a def purchase!

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2321.7.2008 14:30
lynchGOP
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Originally posted by 7thsinger:
I'm still going to wait a week for some of the hype to die down. Glad to see it's doing good so far.


I am having a difficult time containing myself from seeing it with the SAME mentality. All IMAX flicks [here] were sold out on SUNDAY............can you believe that??? and frankly I just don't want crappy seats so I'm going to see it Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.

2421.7.2008 15:53
Random86
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Originally posted by embo22000:
yeah right accidental overdose my ass. Any good actor could have done the same performance.....and ofcourse he is i mean was a moron. Why are you defending a dead joker anyways. people die and disappear......
You haven't even seen the film and you're judging Heaths performance? Get outta your house bud.. sad to know you're one of the few that won't be seeing the film for another 6+ months and I don't think you should watch the movie at all since you obviously have a problem with Heath. The reason I'm defending him is because I don't like idiots who make stupid posts not knowing what they're talking about. Just because no one will care when you pass or 'dissapear' doesn't mean you can bash someone as talented as he was.

2521.7.2008 16:03
goodswipe
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Originally posted by embo22000:
I really want to see this movie now even while it's in theathers. I havent hone to a movie theather in about 2 years because its not worth it. Now a days movies look and sound better at home when you have the right equipment. and about that dead dude being the graeatest joker is probably crap people say that because he is dead. Come on guys the sucker died on an overdose of what ever drug he was using. What a moron...... I hate drug users my father is/was one (it changes from year to year)
I just bought tickets for a showing on Friday at the IMAX here in my town. I can't wait to see it!

Awww, why did you edit my post creakster?

That's no fun...
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2621.7.2008 21:42

The reason i don't go to thethers is because movie time to me means relaxing time. There's way better things to do than going to theathers. But it does suck to wait like i do. I'll probably give in and watch it this weekend and if i don't think is that great (like batman begins wich i thought it draged too much. it was too slow therefore it sucked) i'm going to hunt you all down and make you watch crappy movies all day buahahahaha. By the way last movie i watched in theares wa spiderman 3 in i max and the movie was awesome but the imax sucked. i tought they were suposed to big bigger screen than usual but it wasn't. oh well

2721.7.2008 21:47

Okay, i couldn't stand it any longer and had to satisfy my curiosity. After all, they say that curiosity killed the cat

and

Satisfaction brought it back.

I went to see it in a packed theater, ended up in the third row back with my neck craned at an unhealthy angle, and enjoyed the hell out of myself. (minus the neck ache later :) mind you)

I will buy this when it comes out. Great movie.



2821.7.2008 21:53

Knowing you goody.. cause it wasn't so nice...hehehe. :P

I'm even more excited about seeing this movie now... 7th and goody are on the same page as I it seems.. :)

Thanks for the info... ;)

....gm



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2921.7.2008 22:02

Originally posted by greensman:
Knowing you goody.. cause it wasn't so nice...hehehe. :P

I'm even more excited about seeing this movie now... 7th and goody are on the same page as I it seems.. :)

Thanks for the info... ;)

....gm
See it GM...you'll dig. Would me and 'Swipe lead you wrong?


3021.7.2008 22:10

Originally posted by 7thsinger:

See it GM...you'll dig. Would me and 'Swipe lead you wrong?
Well that's a 2 part answer.... ;) You, I wouldn't think so... BUT goody on the other hand has some issues... hehehe. j/k... goody. :D

OK that done it!!!! I'm going this week sometime if the little woman can arrange some time off. :D Course I could just go and NOT tell her.... hehehe.

....gm

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3122.7.2008 10:20
goodswipe
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Originally posted by 7thsinger:
Okay, i couldn't stand it any longer and had to satisfy my curiosity. After all, they say that curiosity killed the cat

and

Satisfaction brought it back.

I went to see it in a packed theater, ended up in the third row back with my neck craned at an unhealthy angle, and enjoyed the hell out of myself. (minus the neck ache later :) mind you)

I will buy this when it comes out. Great movie.
Awww man, that blows. I refuse to watch a movie sitting in those seats. If I walk into a theater and everything looks full but the seats up front, I just walk out.

GM, I would never lead you down the wrong path - I promise!

3222.7.2008 10:28
varnull
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Not bad.. not bad indeed.. my rip is very dark, as usual, but there is still too much epilepsy causing cgi for my liking. I don't go to the cinema ever.. it's a horrible experience in Wigan.. expensive, long journey on a bus full of scumbag council estate brats with a walk around one of the more dangerous parts of town afterwards. Not the recipe for a good evening...

Story wise.. haven't we been here before? and as for performances.. Adam West is and always will be Batman for me ;)
bbc4 7.35 Batman's Anniversary - Part One Part one of two. The caped crusaders receive an emergency call from Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara.. damn.. theres a surprise.

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3322.7.2008 10:34
goodswipe
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Adam West, the mayor of Quahog? ;)





So I take it some of you didn't like it because it was just like the one with Keaton and Nicholson?

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3422.7.2008 10:44

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Awww man, that blows. I refuse to watch a movie sitting in those seats. If I walk into a theater and everything looks full but the seats up front, I just walk out.

Typically, i'm the same way. In this case, the theater is half an hour from my house, and i was laden with overpriced theater food and beverages.

I stuck it out. :)


3522.7.2008 10:51
varnull
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Originally posted by "goodswipe":
So I take it some of you didn't like it because it was just like the one with Keaton and Nicholson?
Something like that.. I didn't say I disliked it, just maybe given the budget they could have dug up a new script.....




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3622.7.2008 10:56
goodswipe
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Originally posted by 7thsinger:
Quote:
Awww man, that blows. I refuse to watch a movie sitting in those seats. If I walk into a theater and everything looks full but the seats up front, I just walk out.

Typically, i'm the same way. In this case, the theater is half an hour from my house, and i was laden with overpriced theater food and beverages.

I stuck it out. :)
Right on, you still need to make your way to the Alamo Drafthouse. Or start a petition in your town to get one there. No more over priced theater food! Take a look and the food and drink menu.

http://www.drafthouse.com/
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3722.7.2008 11:01

Originally posted by goodswipe:
Originally posted by 7thsinger:
Quote:
Awww man, that blows. I refuse to watch a movie sitting in those seats. If I walk into a theater and everything looks full but the seats up front, I just walk out.

Typically, i'm the same way. In this case, the theater is half an hour from my house, and i was laden with overpriced theater food and beverages.

I stuck it out. :)
Right on, you still need to make your way to the Alamo Drafthouse. Or start a petition in your town to get one there. No more over priced theater food! Take a look and the food and drink menu.

http://www.drafthouse.com/


If i make it down to your neck of the woods; we're going! Looks pretty sweet to me.



382.8.2008 14:02

this movie sounds good, shame I got to wait till the dvd.

392.8.2008 14:43

Fred...

Go see it if you can!! My wife and I went last week and it was great!! They had the sound turned WAY up and the theater was shaking!!! Good acting and NOT like the normal Batman movies... There was some actual plot to the movie and the villain played in the movie, JOKER, wasn't the normal Batman villain. He was VERY dark and you just wanted to kill him throughout the entire movie. lol. Get it when you can... :D

.....gm


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402.8.2008 22:28

Hi there Mr. Greenman, I really wish I could, I miss going to the theaters big time, I don't go any more for several reasons, two main reasons my hearing, and the other the so often inconsiderable d%3k heads who have no regard for other people, yacking, cell phones and so on, the last movie both myself and my wife saw was Dancing with Wolves, it was one of those evenings that we kinda had enough, both her and I almost got locked up, that was it for us, especially her.

I do have to admit I did go see King Kong with my nieghbor, we went during the day with hardly anybody there, it was great to see the big screen again, but damn it I missed half the dialog, yeah losing your hearing kinda sucks, but I still enjoyed it.

And last I'll tell ya the last time I went I really did enjoy, I went by myself at around the same time early, I saw APOCALYPTO, it was subtitled of course, I was in movie heaven again, I really miss going to theaters, I dont know your age greenman, but there was a time when you didn't hear a peep out of anybody, if you got just a little out of hand you were corrected by everybody around you.

Going to the movies today isn't cheap any more, your excited to see a great movie, pay a high price which I would not mind if you were surrounded by good people and not a bunch of d%#k heads, something I can never understand, why people go pay and see a movie to yak threw it.

If it wasnt for my hearing problem I would still go and see this movie regardless of a-holes or not, I really like Christian Bale, ever since Empire of the Sun I knew this kid was special, I think he's a better Batman from all of them, I liked Ledger also, what a waste, and I love Morgan Freeman, one of my all time 10 favorite actors, I love a good movie, and all you guys rate this movie highly, so yes I cant wait, like my kids use to say, I'm cited.

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