'Dark Knight' Fastest Film to Surpass $300 Million
"The Dark Knight" became the first film to surpass $300 million in 10 days. The Time Warner release took in $76 million in ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, giving it $314 million since its July 18 debut, per Media By Numbers.
The revenue helped Warner Bros. vault from last place among Hollywood's six major studios to second with 2008 sales of $789 million as of July 24. "This could reach $400 million in 18 days. No film has ever done that before," notes an analyst.
"The Dark Knight," starring the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, set five box-office records last week, including best opening-weekend sales with $158 million.