July 18, 2008 |
"The Dark Knight," the long-awaited superhero sequel from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, opens today with several records -- official or otherwise -- already banked. The follow-up to "Batman Begins" has gotten the heaviest hype yet from rabid fan websites such as Ain't It Cool News, where the early consensus was that it makes "Citizen Kane" look like a student film.
July 29, 2008 |
It's as hallowed a statistic to Hollywood as Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is to baseball: "Titanic's" record box-office gross of $600.8 million. All of a sudden, that mark might be within "The Dark Knight's" reach. Distribution executives have started debating in earnest the potential total "Dark Knight" haul, which already has passed $300 million and is projected to eclipse the $400-million mark on Aug. 4 or 5.
August 4, 2008 |
Even an army of the undead could not dislodge Batman from his box-office perch. The Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight" hauled in $43.8 million to rank as Hollywood's top movie for the third straight weekend, fending off "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," which opened a close second with $42.5 million. "The Dark Knight" has soared to a $394.9-million haul in just 17 days, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Warner Bros.
September 1, 2008 |
Batman's rich alter-ego Bruce Wayne has added half a billion dollars to his riches. "The Dark Knight" on Sunday became the second movie in Hollywood history to top $500 million at the domestic box office, raising its total to $502.4 million, according to estimates from distributor Warner Bros. The film hit that mark in just over six weeks, half the time it took "Titanic," which reached $500 million in a little more than three months. "Titanic," the biggest modern blockbuster, remains No. 1 on the domestic charts with $600.
December 11, 2008 |
The major promotion push behind the DVD release of Warner Bros.' summer blockbuster, "The Dark Knight," appears to have worked -- at least out of the gate. The film, which brought in $530 million in ticket sales in the United States, sold nearly 3 million copies Tuesday, the first day of its DVD release in the U.S., Canada and Britain.
July 20, 2008 |
When "THE Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming considered how they would retool Christian Bale's Batman armor for the new movie, one question leaped to mind immediately: "Why, in 2008, would a superhero put on a rubber suit?" Hemming asks. "Why would he wear something that made him less active and unbelievably, unpleasantly hot? He wouldn't. He'd use all the technology available to be as comfortable as possible."
July 25, 2008 |
Batman has only begun. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' "The Dark Knight," which opened last weekend to a record $158.4 million and piled up big numbers all week, could add on $75 million or more this weekend. "The Dark Knight," produced for about $180 million, has two box-office marks squarely in sight. "Shrek 2" has the record for second-weekend gross, at $72.2 million.
July 28, 2008 |
For Warner Bros., the mission was to keep "The Dark Knight" from seeing the light of day. In an era of instantaneous digital copying and widely available high-speed Internet access, the premature and unauthorized release of a movie to the public -- especially a coveted summer blockbuster -- can spell disaster. If the movie's a stinker, the word will travel at the speed of a mouse click, ruining chances of making back money.
August 4, 2008 |
Great actors, even those who have been blessed with longevity, often bear a tragic mark. It's not just the ups and downs of stardom that can make for a cruel career. Rough inner seas are typically the very reason someone seeks to be among what William Hazlitt, that lyrical witness of the early 19th century British stage, called "the motley representatives of human nature." Heath Ledger's short legacy as a screen actor offers us enough evidence of the rarity of his talent.
December 7, 2007 |
"The Dark Knight" is one of the most anticipated movies of 2008, and for months Batman fans have been debating the film's biggest wild card: the choice of Heath Ledger as the Joker, a role that comes with the considerable challenge of filling the clown shoes so memorably worn by Jack Nicholson back in 1989.