July 22, 2008

Batman Reigns Supreme at Cinema

BATMAN topped Spider-Man as the king of superheroes, box office figures showed.

The Dark Knight took a US box office record of EUR158.3m (pounds 79.2m) in its opening weekend, beating the previous best of EUR151.1m(pounds 75.6m) set by Spider-Man 3 in May last year.

The final figures were higher than the studio estimates and showed it was the biggest Hollywood weekend ever.

Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros, which released the latest instalment of the caped crusader, predicted the film would shoot past the EUR200m (pounds 100m) mark by the end of the week.

Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers, said: "The average opening gross of the last five Batman movies is EUR47m (pounds 23.5m).

"A big part of that was Heath Ledger and a phenomenal performance that absolutely deserves the excitement surrounding it."

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