Congratulations to DC, Warner Bros., and Paramount, et al.:
Holy blockbuster, Batman! The Dark Knight grossed a behemoth $155.3 million from Friday through Sunday, according to early estimates, to score the biggest three-day opening in box-office history, while leading the way on a weekend for the record books…
[A]ssuming the early estimates hold, it set new standards in just about every category imaginable. It scored the biggest three-day opening weekend of all time (beating Spider-Man 3’s $151.1 mil bow). It achieved the best opening day and single day in history ($66.4 mil, shattering Spider-Man 3’s mark of $59.8 mil). It brought in the most money from Friday midnight shows of any release ever ($18.5 mil, passing Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith’s $16.9 mil). It banked a record $6.2 mil from 94 IMAX venues over the weekend (Spider-Man 3 had the old record, $4.7 mil). And it did it all with the biggest theater count, 4,366 locations, of all time.
And in related news:
As it happened, The Dark Knight wasn’t the only record breaker at the box office this weekend. By coming in at No. 2 with $27.6 mil, Mamma Mia! set a new mark for the biggest premiere ever for a movie musical, if that early estimate holds (Hairspray banked $27.5 mil on its first weekend a year ago). That total also passes the $27.5 mil that star Meryl Streep’s The Devil Wears Prada earned in its debut two summers back, and it can be credited to the same crowd: older women. Yep, a whopping three-quarters of the film’s audience was ladies, and 64 percent was over the age of 30.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Obama, Dean, and the rest of their merry crew of sexist and racist imbeciles would pay attention to the kind of power those women have instead of shitting on them?