You Really, Really, REALLY Like The Dark Knight

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Either that, or you’ve all been dying to see it, and you spent all day Friday doing just that. The big news from Lalaland is that “The Dark Knight” broke all kinds of records by banking a seriously impressive $66.4 million in a single day, Friday. That number, from Warner Bros. themselves (it could change, give or take a million either way), easily bested the one-day total for “Spider-Man 3″, which pulled in $59.8 when it premiered, and before people realized that Sam Raimi didn’t care about making quality superhero movies anymore.

Reuters breaks down the nunmbers:

The film will likely break the opening weekend record of $151.1 million set by the Spider-Man movie, said Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros.

“I don’t see any reason why we are going to slow down,” he said.

Fellman attributed the success to the unique vision of director Christopher Nolan and the “outstanding” performance of the late Australian actor Heath Ledger in what turned out to be his last completed screen role, as Batman’s arch nemesis, the Joker.

“The Dark Knight,” which cost about $180 million to produce, also picked up a record $18.5 million in sales of tickets for preview screenings ahead of its official opening.

$150 million over the weekend is lowballing it. This thing might just crush the $200 roof by Sunday, if all the positive word of mouth is any indication.

So what’s driving the numbers? Probably a combination of two things: fanboys geeking out over what is being called the best Batman movie ever (if not the best superhero movie ever), and your average Joe Public wanting to see the final performance of Heath Ledger. It may sound a tad morbid, but it’s human nature, the same reason people slow down at accident scenes.

$200 million over the weekend? Why the hell not. It might make more…

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  • JJ

    This movie is 2 1/2 hours of pyrotechenics, unbelievable automotive chases and great overhead shots of NYC, sorry Gotham. Plot! Who needs one?

    Really, I never understood what any of the characters motivations were other than money or insanity. What character arcs there are appear to go backwards. Too bad Bruce Wayne didn’t spend a little more time in his amazing penthouse bedroom with some kind of love interest, even a torrid little fling with him and a really cute Robin would have been a welcome distraction from the incessant chase scenes.

    The late Heath Ledger shines as the Joker mainly because he has the only good role. He does kinda go Brokeback Mtn at one point when he is in drag in a nurses uniform and a red wig. Great legs!! I really hope the stress of this role didn’t kill him as the tabloids alluded to after his death, what a waste that would be.

    Amazing how much replacement Maggie Gyllendahl physically resembles Katie Holmes (Guess ole Tom wouldnt let her out of the house). Maggie is an amazing actress but she has a totally lame role. First of all, her character is attractive in a quiet, virginal way but there is never any hint as to why Bruce/Batman is so crazy about her or why DA Harvey Dent wants to extract such revenge for the folks who caused her demise. Maybe they both picked up on her self mutilation in The Secretary and are really into S/M.

    Total hype all the way around. This opening weekend there is extensive TV coverage of the premiere. If I have to see one more cast member trying to fondly remember Heathie (who was probably in his trailer stoned out of his mind when not in that hideous make up), I am going to go postal and shoot someone myself.

    • Jiger

      NYC???
      I think it’s Chicago, man…

      • JJ

        Ooops, yur right, it is chicago. I stand corrected

  • JJ

    This movie is 2 1/2 hours of pyrotechenics, unbelievable automotive chases and great overhead shots of NYC, sorry Gotham. Plot! Who needs one?

    Really, I never understood what any of the characters motivations were other than money or insanity. What character arcs there are appear to go backwards. Too bad Bruce Wayne didn’t spend a little more time in his amazing penthouse bedroom with some kind of love interest, even a torrid little fling with him and a really cute Robin would have been a welcome distraction from the incessant chase scenes.

    The late Heath Ledger shines as the Joker mainly because he has the only good role. He does kinda go Brokeback Mtn at one point when he is in drag in a nurses uniform and a red wig. Great legs!! I really hope the stress of this role didn’t kill him as the tabloids alluded to after his death, what a waste that would be.

    Amazing how much replacement Maggie Gyllendahl physically resembles Katie Holmes (Guess ole Tom wouldnt let her out of the house). Maggie is an amazing actress but she has a totally lame role. First of all, her character is attractive in a quiet, virginal way but there is never any hint as to why Bruce/Batman is so crazy about her or why DA Harvey Dent wants to extract such revenge for the folks who caused her demise. Maybe they both picked up on her self mutilation in The Secretary and are really into S/M.

    Total hype all the way around. This opening weekend there is extensive TV coverage of the premiere. If I have to see one more cast member trying to fondly remember Heathie (who was probably in his trailer stoned out of his mind when not in that hideous make up), I am going to go postal and shoot someone myself.

    • Jiger

      NYC???
      I think it’s Chicago, man…

      • JJ

        Ooops, yur right, it is chicago. I stand corrected

  • Jim

    Can anyone tell me where I can find the duvet/bedspread seen in Bruce Wayne’s penthouse bedroom? It is beautiful!

  • Jim

    Can anyone tell me where I can find the duvet/bedspread seen in Bruce Wayne’s penthouse bedroom? It is beautiful!