The latest Batman movie has shattered box office records in its opening weekend. â€œThe Dark Knightâ€ emerged as not just the new number one movie at movie theaters but also became the top grossing movie for its opening weekend, taking in an estimated $155 million dollars and eclipsing the previous record established last year by â€œSpider-Man 3â€ by $4 million. On â€œThe Dark Knightâ€â€™s opening day alone the movie grossed $66 million, setting another benchmark record for ticket sales for an opening day. By comparison the previous adventure, â€œBatman Beginsâ€, opened to a moderate $44 million dollar opening weekend before finally coming to a full stop with a little over $200 million in ticket sales. At the pace â€œThe Dark Knightâ€ is traveling it will surpass the total ticket sales of â€œBatman Beginsâ€ sometime in the middle of this week.
â€œMamma Miaâ€, another new movie out this weekend, didnâ€™t reach the same high watermark as Batman but it nevertheless did alright by grossing $27 million. Will Smith and his superhero tale â€œHancockâ€ dropped to third place with $14 million in ticket sales, bringing that filmâ€™s total gross to $191 million.