Dark Knight vs Titanic
Just last week, some people were actually saying that THE DARK KNIGHT was overhyped or that it wouldn't live up to expectations, but what a difference one week makes. As of this writing, only 6 days after its initial release, KNIGHT has already made over $222M in North American alone, beating BATMAN BEGINS' entire domestic run from 2005 ($205M). The film will most likely become the highest-grossing movie of the year any day now, and continues to break records this week, becoming the film to reach the $200M the fastest of all-time (it took only 5 days to reach that mark...the previous record-holder was PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3, which hit that mark in 8 days).
Pundits (that's schmucks like us) are predicting that by the end of next weekend, THE DARK KNIGHT will have grossed over $300M in its first 10 days of release, which again, would break the previous record of 16 days, held by that PIRATES flick. More impressive is that it took INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THOSE CRAZY MONKEYS 39 full days before it reached the $300M plateau, and IRON MAN...48 days. All that to say...this film is a-smoking!!!
So let's start predicting whether or not you believe that it will beat the highest grossing movie of all-time, TITANIC, which has held the record since 1997 with a touch over $600M. I personally don't think that THE DARK KNIGHT would be able to maintain this same rhythm all the way toward that record, but then again, you never know. It's to note that TITANIC actually started somewhat "slowly" back in its opening weekend, with only $28M in its first three days of release (compared to $158M for TDK). In fact, it took TITANIC 25 full days to reach the $200M -- and remember, it took THE DARK KNIGHT only 6 days to reach that!
The main difference between the 2 films, of course, is that TITANIC had "legs" and "legs" and "legs" (speaking of legs, CHECK THIS SHIT OUT). The James Cameron film actually spent 15 consecutive weeks at the #1 spot at one point. I repeat: it spent close to 4 months in the #1 spot back in 1997! The movie marketplace isn't the same as it was back in 1997 either, with major movies coming out every week, including 2 more this coming weekend and then a bunch more in August.
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