Dark Knight Smashes $300M Record

Newest Batman hits milestone in 10 days
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2008 7:03 PM CDT
In this image released by Warner Bros., Heath Ledger starring as The Joker, is shown in a scene with Christian Bale, starring as Batman in "The Dark Knight."    (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Stephen Vaughan)
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(Newser) – Latest Batman flick The Dark Knight grossed $300 million in just 10 days—turning the 16 days Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest took on its head to set a new record. The dark tale, driven by Heath Ledger's strong performance, took in another $75.6 million in its second weekend to push its total upwards of $314 million.

"Our audience is expanding, like you would expect with terrific word-of-mouth and strong reviews," said a Warner Bros. exec, who expects the movie to rake in another $100 million in the next 8 days. "To do $300 (million) plus in 10 days, we just couldn't have predicted it."