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“The Dark Knight” Breaks Another Record: Quickest Ever to $200M

Warner Bros’ The Dark Knight broke yet another record on Tuesday, as it became the the fastest movie ever to cross the $200 million mark, doing so in just five days.  That crushes the prior record held by three films; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Spider-Man 2 and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.  All three films took eight days to reach the $200M mark.

The Dark Knight hit the mark thanks to $24.49M Monday and $20.87M Tuesday performances, pushing its domestic total to an impressive $203.77M.  Even more impressive is the fact that when Wednesday tallies are included, the film will have grossed in just six days more than its predecessor, Batman Begins, grossed in its entire theatrical run ($205.34M)!

Including the limited numbers we have from overseas grosses, The Dark Knight has taken in $245.07M worldwide ($203.77M domestically and $41.3M overseas).

In just under one week in release, The Dark Knight has already broken 14–major–records (it’s probably broken more, but who’s going to count them all?).  Here they are:

  • Widest release (4,366 theaters)
  • Midnight Opening ($18.49M)
  • IMAX Midnight ($640,000–included in $18.49M figure)
  • Opening Day ($67.16M)
  • Single Day ($67.16M)
  • Single Day – Friday ($67.16M)
  • Single Day – Sunday ($43.60M)
  • Opening 3-Day Weekend ($158.41M)
  • Opening 3-Day Weekend IMAX ($6.21M–included in $158.41M figure)
  • July Opener ($158.41M)
  • PG-13 Opener ($158.41M)
  • 4-Day ($182.90M)
  • Fastest to $200M (5 Days – $203.77M)
  • 5-Day ($203.77M)

And guess what?  It’s already made more money in five days than the record holder for 6 days and 7 days, so those two records are also beaten.

  • It doesn’t surprise me! It’s so great :-)

  • It doesn’t surprise me! It’s so great :-)