Box Office Mojo is reporting that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight has set a new opening day record with $66.4 million in a record 4,366 theaters (including 94 IMAX theaters) nationwide.
With brisk advance sales and early sell-outs reported all week from Fandango and MovieTickets.com, it looks like the latest installment in Warner Bros.’ “Batman” franchise has delivered an opening day gross bigger than the previous five movies were able to make in their opening weekends alone. Even though “Dark Knight” opened with roughly $7 million more than Spider-Man 3 grossed in its opening day last year, to claim the opening weekend record (currently $151.1 million) for The Dark Knight might be somewhat premature, since Spider-Man 3 opened in May with school in session, while theoretically, The Dark Knight could be more frontloaded with so much more interest and demand in seeing it opening day. Then again, word-of-mouth has generally been as positive as the reviews with 93% of Superhero Hype! readers rating the movie with a 9 out of 10 or above and many have expressed a desire to see the movie a second or third time, even opening weekend. Stay tuned for the final weekend box office estimates tomorrow afternoon.
Universal’s movie musical Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep has made an estimated $9.6 million on Friday, while Will Smith’s Hancock pulled ahead of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army for third place.