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‘Knight’ Breaks Record With $66.4M on Day 1

July 20, 2008

Batman’s joust with the Joker has set another box office record.

Stoked by fan fever over the manic performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, “The Dark Knight” set a one-day box office record with $66.4 million on opening day, Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman said Saturday from Los Angeles.

The movie’s Friday haul surpassed the previous record of $59.8 million set last year by “Spider-Man 3.”"The Dark Knight” might break the opening-weekend record of $151.1 million, also held by “Spider-Man 3.”

“The Dark Knight” began with a record $18.5 million from midnight screenings, topping the previous high of $16.9 million for “Star Wars: Episode III — The Revenge of the Sith.”

The opening day grosses for “The Dark Knight” far exceeded the full weekend haul of its predecessor, “Batman Begins,” which took in $48.7 million in its first three days in 2005.

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