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Record #2: Midnight Sales Record July 18th, 2008

After break­ing the record for open­ing in the most the­aters nation­wide (4,366 of them), Bat­man has now achieved the record for high­est gross­ing mid­night sales. Last night TDK took a whop­ping esti­mated $18.5 mil­lion — NOT includ­ing the 3am and 6am screen­ings! This breaks the pre­vi­ous record set by Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. To put this into some con­text, Bat­man Begins made $15m on its first day whilst the high­est sin­gle day open­ing belongs to Spider-man 3 at $59.8m.

You may want to take these fig­ures into account when pre­dict­ing The Dark Knight’s week­end gross.

Source: Vari­ety:

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.

Warner Bros. reported that the $18.5 mil­lion did not include 3:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M.

“Bat­man Begins” opened on June 15, 2005, a Wednes­day, earn­ing $15.1 mil­lion in its first day. Both “Bat­man Begins” and “The Dark Knight” are directed by Christo­pher Nolan.

As for the mid­night shows them­selves, they looked like a laugh — pic­tures by tech1987, Bren­dan Falkowskiand Clev­er­grrl

Comments 3 Responses to “Record #2: Midnight Sales Record”

tyler July 18th, 2008

this is because peo­ple saw bat­man begins and started to like it. so they started see­ing it.

Record #3: Dark Knight grosses $60m+ on day one (Bat­man: The Dark Knight — Movie Chronicles) July 19th, 2008

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Demitri June 24th, 2009

This may be old. But I just hap­pen to run by it in a google search.

Do you real­ize how fool­ish it sounds that you said TDK had 18.5 at mid­night, which is sec­ond to the SINGLE DAY gross of Spidey3’s 59?

Any­way. Thank god there are real sites that reported real news. Spideys MIDNIGHT gross was not no.1, and nor is it’s sin­gle day gross the day after this was published.