The Dark Knight Crosses $400 Million In Record 18 Days

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Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” crosses the $400 million box office mark in record 18 days, less than half the time the previous record holder “Shrek 2” took when it reached $400 million in 43 days back in 2004. We have updated our article Let’s Look At All The Box Office Records Of The Dark Knight to reflect this latest achievement.

“The Dark Knight” just scores its third straight weekend number 1 when it beats “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” grossing $42.7 million Friday through Sunday to reach $394 million. “The Dark Knight” took in $6.3 million on Monday to bring its tally to $400.03 million, Warner Bros. Pictures said. However “The Dark Knight” fails to beat the highest third weekend record which is set by “Spiderman” when it amassed $45 million during its third weekend in 2002.

Warner expects “The Dark Knight” to add at least another $100 million to its North American ticket sales, and is optimistic that it will surpass the $461 million haul of “Star Wars” to become the number 2 movie of all time in the United States and Canada. However it will be a tough call to be able to beat the $600 million all time record set by 1997’s “Titanic”.

Let’s Look At All The Box Office Records Of The Dark Knight

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(Updated on Aug 05, 2008 – Added the record for the fastest film to cross $400 million.
Updated on Aug 31, 2008 – Added the record for the fastest film to cross $500 million.)

Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” shatters many North America box office records. Let’s keep track of all its record-breaking numbers at the box office:

  • Largest number of opening with 4,366 theatres. The previous record is 4,362 theatres for “Pirates of The Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007.

  • Biggest midnight preview with $18.5 million, topping the previous high of $16.9 million for “Star Wars: Episode III — The Revenge of the Sith” in 2005.

  • Single-day box office record with $66.4 million on its opening day. The previous record is $59.8 million set in 2007 by “Spider-Man 3”.

  • Highest weekend box office record of $155.34 million. The previous best is $151.1 million for “Spider-Man 3” in May 2007.

  • IMAX records: biggest midnight preview at $641,508; record opening day at $2,590,581; highest three-day opening weekend at $6.3 million; record per screen average at $67,036; record number of engagements for 94 IMAX screens.

  • Fastest film in history to break $200 million in 5 days. The previous record is 2004’s “Spider-Man 2” which took 8 days to reach the mark.

  • Biggest non-holiday Monday at $24.5 million.

  • Highest second-weekend record of $75.6 million, better than the $72.2 million by “Shrek 2” in 2004.

  • Fastest movie in history to cross $300 million in just 10 days. The previous record holder “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” took 16 days to make $300 million in 2006.

  • Fastest movie to cross $400 million in just 18 days. The previous record holder “Shrek 2” took 43 days to make $400 million in 2004.

  • Fastest movie to cross $500 million in just 45 days on Sunday August 31. It is the second movie beside Titanic to cross $500 million. Titanic hit $500 million in 91 days.