Batman Already Selling Out

Heath Ledger movie doesn't open until midnight tomorrow
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2008 9:20 PM CDT
In this Nov. 6, 2006, file photo, actor Heath Ledger arrives for the premiere of his new film "Candy" in New York.    (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh, file)
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(Newser) – The new Batman flick doesn't open until midnight tomorrow, but strong buzz for the movie—especially the performance of the late Heath Ledger—is already causing theaters across the US to sell out, the New York Post reports. Sites such as Fandango and report heavier volume for the Dark Knight than for any recent blockbuster (that means you, too, Spider-Man) except for the Star Wars release of 2005.

"It's benefiting from the highest fan anticipation of any movie this year," said a Fandango executive. The movie is expected to take in $130 million in its opening three-day weekend, with Ledger's performance as the Joker a big lure.