While we’re in such a fugue state trying to get everything taken care of prior to the big show, we haven’t been covering the REALLY big story today which is HOW FREAKING HUGE DARK KNIGHT IS GOING TO BE. Varriety reports it already set a record for midnight showings:
Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” grossed the most ever for midnight shows, racking up an estimated $18.5 million.
The follow-up to 2005’s “Batman Begins” outstripped the previous midnight record set by Fox’s “Star Wars, Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith” which grossed $16.9 million from 3,663 venues. “Sith” went on to make $50 million in its first day, which was a Thursday. The highest single day opening record is currently held by Sony’s “Spider-man 3” which made $59.8 million.
“Dark Knight” unspooled in a record number of sites – 4,366 – outstripping the wide bow of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” which touted a theater count of 4,362.
The DARK KNIGHT’s wildy enthusiastic reception (and the generally good WATCHMEN buzz) should do much at WB to sooth the sting of Marvel’s recent BO success. Out of all this year’s comic book movies DARK KNIGHT appears to be the real phenomenon.
We’re not seeing it until tomorrow night — no one spoil it okay?