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On the eve of Oscars night 2009 The Dark Knight’s total international earnings soared past the one billion mark, one of only four films to ever do so (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Titanic and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King being the others). The re-release in IMAX locations finally tipped The Dark Knight over the final élite boundary.
The figures break down as:
Domestic: $533,090,262 53.3%
Foreign: $467,991,898 46.7%
What a day to be comparing the $1bn making Dark Knight with films such as Titanic and Return of the King — movies that swept the Academy Awards up in stunning fashion — each grabbing 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director; making the Academy’s 2009 Best Picture and Best Director Dark Knight snubs even more galling. As it is, all our chips lie on the Best Supporting Actor where we are all crossing our fingers and hoping that Heath Ledger can pick up that much deserved posthumous Oscar award for his stunning portrayal as The Joker.
Other categories include: Art Direction, Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. The Dark Knight could win a total of 8 awards, which would be a grand enough sweep minus the big two, although this is predicted as very unlikely.
In a statement released by the IMAX corporation:
IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience has crossed the $55 million mark in worldwide gross box office receipts after its seventh week of release. As of Friday, the film reached a total of $43.2 million from 101 IMAX screens domestically and $12 million from 41 IMAX screens internationally.
“The exceptional box office performance of The Dark Night in IMAX® theatres is contributing to the film’s very strong legs and fantastic summer theatrical run,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “Many repeat customers are experiencing the film in IMAX theatres.”
“Chris Nolan’s innovative vision is taking IMAX’s format to new heights, and his film’s impact on ticket sales is unprecedented,” said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “The ability to cross this milestone so quickly shows us that more people are visiting IMAX theatres than ever before, underscoring the real potential and appetite for The IMAX Experience®.”
Here’s the next big record that is beyond everyone’s expectations — The Dark Knight has notched up a massive $500m in domestic sales in only 45 days, after an $11m weekend taking. It took Titanic, the only film that has sold more than the Dark Knight and the only other film to break the half a billion barrier, 91 days to do that.
To add to this, The Dark Knight has now made $921m worldwide (major overseas releases came out much later than the US), putting in 9th in the all time worldwide best sellers.
Source: Coming Soon
Despite being bounced from the weekend’s top spot by Topic Thunder ($25.8m beating $16.3m), The Dark Knight has amassed a massive $471.5m in five weeks — flying past Star Wars to become the second highest domestic grossing movie of all time. Batman dealt a double blow by keeping the animated Clone Wars in third place for the weekend ($14.1m).
Source: Box Office Mojo
For the fourth consecutive week The Dark Knight has topped the weekend box office, last week it fended off The Mummy, this week it held back the Pineapple Express. With sales of $7.6m, $10.5m and $7.9m, The Dark Knight amassed a weekend total of $26m, beating the Pineapple Express’ $22.4m, and overtaking Shrek 2 with a gross of $440m to become the third biggest selling movie of all time. Star Wars sits pretty above it with $460m — it’s only a matter of time!
Source: Box Office Mojo
Here is the next big milestone in The Dark Knight’s all encompassing success at the Box Office — it is now officially the fastest movie to reach the coveted $400m mark, doing so in just 18 days.
Would you like to know what the previous record was? Shrek 2 did this same feat, only a full 25 days later, taking a whopping 43 days. The Dark Knight has more than cut that in half, and it’s still taking in $6m in monday sales, whilst moving up to 8th on the all time gross chart.
Contributing Sources: /Film, Media By Numbers
Sadly our caped crusader lost the top spot to The Mummy this Friday; taking $12.7m versus Brendan Fraser’s $15.3m. However, coming back to the forefont on Saturday — Batman returned to the top with a take of $17.4m against Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’s $14.7m.
The weekend figures added another $43.8m to the TDK total and touching distance of the coveted $400m record. The Mummy made $42.4m, a close second, but a poor opening weekend for the movie.
This weekend looked like it would bring in more big numbers for The Dark Knight, and that it certainly did. After very strong mid-week sales of $18.4m and $16.5m on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the caped crusader added another $23.2m on Friday, making the $300m target reachable by the end of the week.
In its second weekend The Dark Knight grossed an estimated $75.6m in 4366 theaters, the record for biggest second weekend ever (set by Shrek 2 — $72.2m), putting Batman at a whopping $314.2m after only 10 days — smashing the previous $300m record set by Dead Man’s Chest by 6 days.
The movie is now up to #23 on the domestic blockbuster chart. Internationally The Dark Knight added $65.6m in 7,143 theaters across 43 locations — reaching a foreign total of $126.3m. In 12 days the worldwide gross has reached $440.5m, despite key Asian and European markets getting a delayed release in August.
Sources: Variety, Box Office Mojo
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