The Dark Knight Has Already Broken One Record - Theater Counts!
by Alex Billington
July 17, 2008
Hollywood Reporter has announced that Warner Brothers is dropping The Dark Knight into 4,366 theaters this weekend, officially setting a new record. Previously, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End held the theater count record, playing in 4,362 theaters last May and earning $114.7 million at the box office in its opening weekend. Now The Dark Knight has even surpassed that which means it definitely has the potential to set some earnings records. Incredibly positive buzz has put this film into its final epic tail spin and all eyes will be watching this weekend as it hopefully sweeps its way through the box office, shattering records left and right. And with this announcement, I'm pretty damn sure most people are going to be absolutely shocked by the massive records that this masterpiece will set.
I don't like arguing about box office potential, but now this makes that $200 million mark all the more realistic. In addition to the 4,366 domestic theaters that The Dark Knight is playing on starting on Friday, July 18th, they also mention that double and triple screenings and midnight shows mean that the film will play on 9,200 screens! Included in this are 94 IMAX screens (the only way to truly see the film). Warner Brothers has been battling for spots in theaters around the country, but the excitement for this film has guaranteed them an incredible record-setting number of theaters. And of course we all know that it's already been selling out in advance for weeks. I think we're in for one hell of an exciting weekend. If you don't already have your tickets, you're probably out of luck. But if you do, then I'll see you in theaters! Just make sure you remember where you were when The Dark Knight shattered all the box office records!