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Old 03-08-2009, 01:43 PM   #1
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March 7, 2009


As the Watchmen entered the fray, the biggest superhero exited. Distributor Warner Bros. has hung up the cowl and cape for The Dark Knight after 231 days of service. With a $533.3 million final tally as of Mar. 5, the picture is the top superhero or comic book movie of all time.

The Dark Knight stands as the most attended movie since Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999, ranking 27th on the All Time Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation chart. Unadjusted, writer-director Christopher Nolan' Batman sequel is second only to Titanic, and its phenomenal 33-week run includes $49.9 million from IMAX venues, a record for a two-dimensional re-mastered IMAX release. Worldwide, which is domestic and foreign grosses combined, it recently crossed the billion dollar mark, the fourth movie in history to hit that milestone.

One of the most impressive and relatively unheralded feats of The Dark Knight was how it performed by one of the key measures of a sequel's success: comparison to its predecessor. In 2005, Batman Begins reached blockbuster status, grossing $205.3 million. That was a great number on its own, especially given how the picture had to overcome the stench of the prior Batman movie, Batman and Robin. Batman Begins was well liked by moviegoers and the picture promised The Joker as the next villain (before Heath Ledger was even cast), getting the buzz rolling for the sequel. The Dark Knight was expected to exceed Batman Begins because of that foundation, but it soared at an unprecedented level for a sequel to a blockbuster, earning more than two and half times the gross of its predecessor.

In its final week, The Dark Knight played at 54 sites, making $131,364 to rank in the Top 50. Business was up nearly five percent from the previous week and the picture continues this weekend at a handful of theaters, but Warner Bros. has pulled the plug. That's not unusual. Most studios cease box office tracking when their movies drop to a certain level, sometimes even when those movies are still showing at a significant number of theaters or ranking relatively highly on the charts. Dark Knight was the last hold-out to close among movies released in July.

In addition to the end of The Dark Knight, Universal Pictures retired The Tale of Despereaux and The Unborn, despite the fact that each movie is still playing at over 100 theaters. The Tale of Despereaux was a modest mouse, grossing $50.9 million in 11 weeks. The Unborn, written and directed by Dark Knight story co-writer David S. Goyer, died out at $42.7 million in eight weeks, which was within the average range of similar horror movies.
I was a hell of a run.

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Old 03-09-2009, 03:31 PM   #3
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:34 PM   #4
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It's been fun. But all good things must come to an end.

Just wish it wasn't this one.

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Old 03-12-2009, 11:37 PM   #5
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I will always remember these good times.

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Old 03-13-2009, 04:18 PM   #6
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well hey, we all..i mean...most of us will still be here to experiance the third one. (some of us wont bcuz we will be deadddddddd lol)

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Old 03-15-2009, 01:12 AM   #7
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what a fantastic time it has been following this for the last few years..

im gonna take a break, have a beer, and come back fresh and excited for BB3 (just kidding, there will be no break)

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Old 03-18-2009, 02:43 PM   #8
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Yeah, it was a good run and it helped educate me on how criminals think, I will now go about my day to day business and at night fight crime.

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Old 03-22-2009, 12:28 AM   #9
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Haha, so funny and sad.

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Why the **** is this in the Dark Knight sequel thread?!

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Old 05-15-2009, 03:18 PM   #11
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It was a good run; hopefully the third movie will bring just as much joy.

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Why the **** is this in the Dark Knight sequel thread?!
Yeah. This makes no sense.

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Incredible run. I still believe it's out there playing somewhere though

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Incredible run. I still believe it's out there playing somewhere though
In the heart of every fan.

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Old 08-17-2009, 10:07 PM   #15
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It's been fun. But all good things must come to an end.

Just wish it wasn't this one.
Love the avvy, Forbiden Zone and Danny Elfman rule!!

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Bumping this thread to post this: http://forums.superherohype.com/showthread.php?t=348509

TDK is still selling big numbers nearly three years later.

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Old 02-16-2011, 04:20 AM   #17
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Its naturally gonna pick up now since the interest is raising again

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Old 02-16-2011, 10:06 AM   #18
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Yeah, but nearly million number sales is very impressive. I haven't seen any other superhero movies pick up like that in sales when a sequel is over a year from release. I can just imagine what it'll be like when TDKR is just mere months from release. I hope Begins picks up, too.

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Old 02-16-2011, 02:17 PM   #19
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shows what you can do with a character like Batman. his popularity will be even greater than Superman's than it is now. i watched TDK at least 75 times in one sitting and i just didn't get tired of it. i love this film because it showed me an awesome look at the character and a look at morals that people must learn and not learn. thank you for this series

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