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.