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Dark Knight Dominates, Sets Record For Highest First Day Gross

Posted by thelanetrain on July 21, 2008

As predicted, The Dark Knight was the #1 movie this weekend, but that’s not all.  The Dark Knight not only grossed over $155 million in its first three days, but broke box office records as well.  On Friday, the latest chapter in the Batman saga grossed over $67 million and beat Spiderman 3 to become the highest single day opening ever (the latter movie grossed about $59 million in its opening weekend).  It also beat Spiderman 3‘s opening weekend gross by about $4 million.

Meanwhile, also as expected, the fluffy musical Mamma Mia! came in at #2, grossing a much more modest $27 million in its first weekend.  Rounding out the top five were Hancock, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

Also of note: Space Chimps, Fox’s downplayed animated summer entry, had a higher opening than the Eddie Murphy flop Meet Dave.  In addition, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull dropped out of the top ten this weekend, marking the end of a riveting nine week run.

After The Jump: The Box Office Top Ten

And here we go again…

  1. The Dark Knight, $155,340,000, $155,340,000
  2. Mamma Mia!, $27,605,000, $27,605,000
  3. Hancock, $14,000,000, $191,504,000
  4. Journey to the Center of the Earth, $11,910,000, $43,074,000
  5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army, $10,038,000, $56,477,0000
  6. Wall-E, $9,813,000, $182,476,000
  7. Space Chimps, $7,350,000, $7,350,000
  8. Wanted, $5,097,000, $123,347,000
  9. Get Smart, $4,085,000, $119,569,000
  10. Kung Fu Panda, $1,750,000, $206,506,000

[Source: Box Office Mojo]


One Response to “Dark Knight Dominates, Sets Record For Highest First Day Gross”

  1. patrick said

    kudos to the makers Dark Knight for their record breaking opening weekend… it’s no wonder there’s talk of another one coming out ASAP

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