Originally Posted by tek
tdk made big money not because of Nolan and it's dark, gritty edge. It made big money due to the hype/death/performance of one actor. Thor made more money than batman begins
While Heaths death was a factor it wasn't the only one. the main factor was that Batman Begins was a pretty good movie that was able to get many people excited for a sequel. Also TDK had probably the best marketing I've ever seen for a movie. If Heath had'nt died the movie would still have made tons of money. Just not that high amount it made.