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Weekend Box Office Results 2008-07-21 08:15:23

The Dark Knight Smashes Box Office Records


Many thought that breaking Spider-Man 3's record for the biggest opening weekend ever would be difficult, even for The Dark Knight. But the much-hyped and critically adored sequel to Batman Begins shattered many records over the weekend — including Spidey's.

Earning an estimated $155.4 million, Bruce Wayne and gang smashed box office records for the biggest single-day gross in history and the biggest opening weekend for an IMAX release.

According to Variety, Mamma Mia! also broke records by "narrowly beating Hairspray to become the top opener for a musical," earning $27.5 million over the weekend.

That is a lot of money that people spent at the movies this weekend. What did you see? And how many times?

Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I also agree with mariellynelly & the others who took offense to the college kid comment. Even if the movie was rated R, most high school seniors and almost every college student (in other words, over the age of 17) would still have been able to watch Dark Knight so tee0206's argument doesn't make sense. I think that it iss even more odd that someone who considers themselves "old" would want to go to a midnight showing when its obvious that it will probably full of raucous, young fans and comic book geeks. kmckay - I have also noticed that a lot of younger kids have been going to movies like The Dark Knight, which are not age appropriate. I wouldn't bring anyone under the age of 10 to see TDK because even I almost couldn't handle some of its intense scenes and I'm almost 19! It also infuriates me when people bring babies (I'm talking newborns!) to see a highly anticipated movie like this one. Its so disruptive and annoying, just get a babysitter for a few hours!
underyourwaves underyourwaves 8 years
I third Sweet Poison and mariellynelly. Um, bitter much? That said, TDK was amazing. Heath Ledger was fantastic as the Joker--while I was watching, I never thought of Heath. It was almost as though the Joker simply walked onto set one day and they decided to film. Aaron also did a great job. I recognized him from Thank You For Smoking right away because he looks just like my sophomore history teacher.
janna890 janna890 8 years
I saw the Dark Knight and it was incredible. I will definetly go see it again.
kmckay kmckay 8 years
LOVED dark knight- heath was amazing, aaron was really good (and is overlooked by many critics) and i'm a big maggie fan although rachel wasn't all that interesting as a character to me. going to see mamma mia tomorrow with my mom & grandma! looks like fun :) sidenote- did anyone see dark knight with a lot of young kids? there were so many 6-10 yr olds in the theater and well, i'm not a parent and i'm not trying to advise anyone, but it's rated pg13 for a reason. why do parents think young kids should watch this?!?!
mariellynelly mariellynelly 8 years
I also take offense to the college kids comment, I'm in college, I'm well over the age required for seeing a rated R movie, but I'm still considered a child? That's a little childish for you to say. You're right, it is summer so that gives us the right to go to the movies and enjoy our summer.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I saw Dark Knight on Sunday and I am probably going to see it again, but I still need to see Mamma Mia.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
duh, its the best movie of the summer
kia kia 8 years
I went absolutely movie crazy this weekend. I saw a midnight screening of the Dark Night on Friday morning. That night I saw Gonzo (it was to be Dr. Thompson's 71st birthday that day). Today I went to a quickie of Hellboy II, and stayed for Wall-E. Whew. I think that is as many movies as I have seen the whole year thus far. Good stuff.
smarler smarler 8 years
I saw The Dark Knight on Friday evening and then went to the Sunday matinee to see Mamma Mia. I really enjoyed myself at Mamma Mia. And a word of advice: take your moms. It's a fun experience to share.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I just got back from a 1:30 pm showing on a monday and it was PACKED. my husband and I loved it. I thought Heath was amazing and Maggie Gyl was WAY better then Katie Holmes. I can't believe what happened with her character, but oh well, it made sense for the plot!!! I LOVED Aaron Eckhardt too, he is just amazing imo. Cristian Bale was good bc he makes sense as a billionaire playboy. haha
Sweet-Poison Sweet-Poison 8 years
I'm mildy pissed off at the people who said that high school kids and college kids shouldn't have gone to 12 o'clock premiere. Firstly, I'm in college and have an internship and commute to the City every workday; I (and the friends I went to see it with), like all the adults there, had to get up for work the next day. Teenagers and kids in their early 20's are the people keeping the comic book industry alive these days. Be happy that we're willing to waste 3 dollars on 12 pages that fuels DC, Marvel and other publishing houses. DC wouldn't be allowing people like Nolan to make "comic book" movies if it weren't for "us kids". TDK was amazing! I'm with all those people who said Heath deserves an Oscar nod.
couture-yourself couture-yourself 8 years
I went to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight, then took the boyfriend to go see it on Friday night. It's a fantastic movie and I really hope Heath Ledger gets that Oscar nom. He truly deserves it, his role was amazing. And Christian Bale as Batman is just downright sexy.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
hahaha SDTransplant my brother kept saying hey its debo. haha. i didn't think anyone else would know who that was, but needless to say it was clear who carried the film.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I finally saw Sex and the City! My lovely fiance took me after I finished giving him a whirlwind tour of the series. He actually likes the show! And we both enjoyed the movie, too.
Wicked Wicked 8 years
Dark Knight on Friday. Best "comic book" movie by far.
soulight soulight 8 years
That Watchmen trailor looked awesome, the Brad Pitt movie, not so much.
hottinpink9021 hottinpink9021 8 years
I saw the Dark Knight and I thought it was amazing! Best movie I've seen in a loong time...maybe ever?
buttafli2112 buttafli2112 8 years
i lovedd Dark Knight. i shouldnt have seen it at 11:45 pm after a long day at the beach because i was so tired, but none-the-less it was amazing and Heath was superb
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Dark Knight. Once. I really liked it a lot. I thought CB and HL did great jobs. I jumped out of my seat more than once.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
My b/f and I rented "Next Friday" through Total Access and saw that Friday. I've never seen the movies and he had to convince me to watch them, but for what they are (stoner comedies), they're pretty funny. On Saturday night, we watched Dark Knight. The movie theater we go to is normally not crowded at all, but it was packed to the gills with people (the last time this happened, The Departed came out and I expected the theater to be crowded because it's near Boston!). I'm not a big fan of superhero comics or anything but found Dark Knight to be really good. Heath Ledger was terrifying as the Joker and he really carried the film. Oh, it was random to find out that the Friday movies and Dark Night have something in common. During Dark Knight's ferry scene, one of the prisoners looked oddly familiar, and then I realized, it was Debo (Tommy "Tiny" Lister)! He seems to be pigeonholed into these prisoner roles--I would like to see him play other roles. But for the record, his role in Dark Knight, albeit a short one, was very moving...
mariellynelly mariellynelly 8 years
I saw The Dark Knight AND Mamma Mia. I thought both were great. Heath, Christian, and even Aaron had amazing performances.
supertramp supertramp 8 years
The Dark Knight was incredible and I keep saying that on a scale of 1 to 10 it broke the goddamn fucking scale.Literally it was incredible. The joker scared the shit out of me and might I add this isn't a horror film.I literally pulled my bag for dear life and almost dropped the box of dots.I only saw Heath once on the short 2 seconds of the movie that was calmer and kept thinking o my god its really him. i agree that both ledger and nolan deserve some nominations.fantastic!!!!!!!!
OhFish OhFish 8 years
I saw this last night & thought it was great! I'd love to see it in IMAX! The Joker and Two-Face were amazing. I will definitely go see this again.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Mamma Mia was fun, not great, but fun.
yepitssandra yepitssandra 8 years
i saw the dark night. it was BEYOND amazing...heath ledger was deliciously creepy as the joker
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