Batman: The Dark Knight has broken all the records in its opening weekend in the States. Taking $155.34 million at the box office, The Dark Knight surpassed Spiderman 3 ($151.1 million) for highest grossing opening weekend ever. With reports from critics and fellow actors that the late Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker is one of the greatest character achievements of all time, fan fever has been at hysteria levels. The film set a further box office record with $66.4 million on its opening day. The Dark Knight began with a record $18.5 million from midnight screenings, topping the previous high of $16.9 million for Star Wars: Episode III — The Revenge of the Sith. The opening day grosses for The Dark Knight far exceeded the full weekend haul of its predecessor, Batman Begins, which took in $48.7 million in its first three days in 2005.
“We’ve really never seen anything like this,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “The death of a fine actor taken in his prime, a legendary performance and a movie that lives up to all the hype. That all combined to create these record-breaking numbers.”