Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 4:11PM
The Dark Knight has broken two more Hollywood record, and they weren't even close. By earning $24 million on Monday and another $20 million Tuesday, according to Box Office Mojo, the Batman Begins sequel is by far the fastest movie to $200 million, beating the old record by three days. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest accomplished the feat in eight days back in 2006.
So The Dark Knight is now the fastest to $100
million and $200 million, and we're even going to upgrade the film's chances to
break $300 million. We had been predicting 13 days, a full three days quicker
than the current record held by Dead Man's Chest. Now, however, it
appears likely that The Dark Knight will beat $300 million in ten days,
The second record to fall to
Christian Bale, and
Heath Ledger is the highest grossing movie in
five days (it also holds the record for totals on opening day, two days, three
days, and four days). Get this:
Star Wars Episode III was the previous record
holder, earning $172 million in five days. The Dark Knight technically
beat that number with a day to spare. Unbelievable.
One record The Dark Knight may never break, though,
is the percentage it will gross over its budget compared to Tim Burton's
original. In 1989,
Batman made $255 million on a $35 million
budget. Do the math on a movie that cost $180 million and you're looking at well
over a billion dollars in ticket sales in the U.S. to match that production.
Also, the original Batman, when adjusted for inflation (which is not my
favorite game to play for a number of reasons), would have earned $433 million.
It was quite the blockbuster in its own right.
The phenomenal success of the this movie will more than
likely help 2008 beat 2007 in terms of total box office. The only real question
that remains for The Dark Knight is how long it can go at this torrid
pace. Three weeks? A month? $400 million is beginning to seem less like a
possibility and more like an eventuality, despite the fact that only two movies
have done it in the past six years; there were actually three movies to cross
that barrier between 1998 and 2002, so we're kind of overdue, anyway.