What will the Bat’s Monday gross be?

Posted by · 5:11 pm · July 21st, 2008

Warner Bros. Pictures\' The Dark KnightI was just talking with someone who went to see “The Dark Knight” at a noon IMAX show today and was met with a sold out crowd. So I’m wondering, what will the Monday gross turn out to be, and how many more records are left for the Bat to claim?

The 4-day total is obviously going to fall. “Spider-Man 3” raked in $10.2 million on the Monday following release on the way to a $161.4 million 4-day.

“Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” meanwhile, holds the 5-day record with $172.8 million. If “Knight” even matches Spidey’s Monday number (and it’s probably safe to say it’ll zip past it), that will already put the film within $4 million of the 5-day title.

I’m not a whiz with box office research, but I don’t remember the last time a Friday release claimed the 5-day total. The top 10 on that front is littered with Wednesday releases.

It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the world responds to the hoopla and, of course, the specter of Heath Ledger. Personally, I’d love to see the film threaten a billion bucks worldwide, but with a mere $166 million outside the States for “Batman Begins,” that’s obviously a long shot.

It’ll also be interesting to see what film takes the opening weekend crown from “The Dark Knight.” Looking on the horizon, I can’t even see a pretender to that throne.

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?” Doubtful. The opening for the original wasn’t as big as many anticipated and nothing about that film’s quality would suggest a rush to the box offices for part two.

“Terminator: Salvation?” Maybe. But that would take some marketing razzle-dazzle to say the least.

No, it may take a second “Iron Man,” a fourth “Shrek” or a third “Toy Story” to even come close. ut we’re surprised each and every year, so let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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  • 1 7-21-2008 at 6:21 pm

    Ben said...

    I agree it will be interesting to see where it ends up, considering it made more than 75% of what Begins did in its entire run in just three days, and it looks like it will have a chance to top Shrek 2 (about 175 million more than Shrek 1) as the biggest box office increase for a sequel.

    But I wouldn’t look to imax to see how it holds up, cause here in Manhattan all the imax shows for the entire week sold out before the film opened, and with Spider-Man 3 I went to a weeknight imax show that was sold out almost three weeks after release.

  • 2 7-21-2008 at 6:55 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Good point.

  • 3 7-21-2008 at 11:00 pm

    Dan said...

    Hmmm….maybe The Hobbit will open really big, but probably only in the 130s.

  • 4 7-21-2008 at 11:19 pm

    Yih said...

    I just came back from a 10p imax showing and was also sold out. I wouldn’t be surprised if it breaks every record we know. Usually (as in the case of Spiderman 3), the buzz swirls till opening weekend, and then disappointment fills the air. We’ll see what the opposite effect will have on the box office sales this time around.

  • 5 7-22-2008 at 4:13 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I think no one expected this to happen, let’s say a year ago. I’m sorry to say that Ledger’s death is the big factor here. The film literally became larger than life. The raving reviews only were the cream on the pie.

  • 6 7-22-2008 at 8:58 am

    Jon said...

    Anyone have the #’s from Monday??

  • 7 7-22-2008 at 11:50 am

    Chad said...

    $24.5 mil Monday

  • 8 7-22-2008 at 11:55 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...


  • 9 7-22-2008 at 12:04 pm

    Jon said...

    Holy…can it break 200 million in 5 days?

  • 10 7-22-2008 at 12:11 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I think it will at this point. I can’t imagine it failing to grab a measly $17 million today. But it’ll be close.