Dark Knight Hauls In Record $66.4M

$66.4M first day for 'The Dark Knight' shames last Spidey's $59.8M
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2008 1:34 PM CDT
Flames shoot out during the filming of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight" in Chicago.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Batman sequel The Dark Knight raked in $66.4  million in its first 24 hours, easily sweeping past the previous mark of $59.8 million opening day set last year by Spider-Man 3, the AP reports. With a showing like that, Dark Night is poised to surpass Spidey’s opening weekend record of $151.1 million. Heath Ledger’s much-buzzed-about turn as the Joker is helping lure fans.