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THE DARK KNIGHT BLOWS THE DOORS OFF THE BOX OFFICE!

Batman Rocks!

Batman Rocks!

It was felt like 1989 all over again – Bat mania was in full force as The Dark Knight, broke the record for the biggest opening weekend with the film doing 155.3 million, breaking last years record of 151 mill set by Sony’s “Spiderman 3.” This is an amazing resurrection of the franchise left battered and bruised by Joel Schumacher’s embarrassing “Batman and Robin” back in 1997 which topped out at 107 mill after disastrous word of mouth. The studios vision in hiring director Chris Nolan to guide things forward stabilized the valuable property when his well respected “Batman Begins” took in 205 mil in 2005 at the box-office here in the U.S.. Months of anticipation and buzz surrounding the late Heath Ledger’s performance as Batman’s arch enemy, the Joker, escalated to a fever pitch in the days leading up to The Dark Knight’s opening – and the rest is history. Many at this point will wonder when production on another Batman film could be announced and if director Nolan can top the overall quality of this installment. Only time will tell!

Fun Mamma Mia!

Fun Mamma Mia!

In a counter programming move, Universal’s “Mamma Mia!” opened to a solid 27.6 mill in ticket sales. I think the film, which is based on the long running musical, will have legs as it’s a fun time at the movies despite the fact that it’s pretty corny (read my full review on Monday). Will Smith’s edgy superhero movie “Hancock” continues to hold up in a respectable fashion doing 14 mill in ticket sales in its third weekend. “Hellboy 2” took a painful 70% drop in its 2nd weekend out as its frontloaded audience disappeared, putting a possible 3rd installment in this franchise in limbo. “Hellboy 2” took in 10 mill giving it a 10 day total of 56.4. The weekend’s other new comer, Space Chimps, pulled in 7.3 mill to place 7th. Will anyone actually admit to seeing this movie! Here’s a list of the top Ten.

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July 20, 2008 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News

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