The Dark Knight breaks midnight record
Welcome to Movie Chutzpah’s round-the-clock updates and analysis of “The Dark Knight’s” record-setting, history-making opening weekend. The numbers are starting to fly in, and they’re just about as good as can be expected: the film is alreadt kicking all sorts of ass nationwide. And now for the latest from the Caped Crusader:
I had an inkling that my town’s theater wasn’t the only one packed last night.
And for those of you who didn’t pick up the sarcasm, of course I knew people were rushing into theaters all across the country, but no one expected THIS many people to go see it. “The Dark Knight” had already broken the record for most midnight showings, and now, with the numbers officially in, Christopher Nolan and Co. can lay claim to their second — but i’d be willing to guess not last — box office record.
The movie raked in $18.5 million from its 12 a.m. shows, smashing the record of $16.9 million set by “Stars Wars III.” And that doesn’t even count the 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. shows that were offered at some venues around the country because the demand for the movie was so ridiculously high.
So that means “The Dark Knight” made upwards of $20 million-plus in its opening weekend before most movies would even get on screen.
I’m not going to make any more predictions (in an earlier post, I said the film would at least gross enough to top “Spider-Man 3” for the best opening weekend box office ever) before I at least see the Friday night numbers, but can you imagine a scenario in which this doesn’t gross at least $152 million this weekend? My tried to buy IMAX tickets for Saturday right after we got out of the Thursday night so, and not only was every Saturday IMAX show booked, but also Friday shows and regular-screen showings, too.
As excited as I am to see how well “The Dark Knight” is playing, you can’t help but feel sad for the other movies opening this weekend, “Mama Mia” and” “Space Chimps.”
They never even stood a chance.