Thursday, May 30, 2024

“The Dark Knight Rises” Makes Strong $30.6 Mil Overnight Despite Tragedy


It’s a terrible loss in Colorado. So reporting box office numbers from “The Dark Knight” seems frivolous. But despite the tragedy, “The Dark Knight Rises” was already pre-sold around the country. is reporting that overnight totals are $30.6 million. The record for midnight showings is the final “Harry Potter” movie, which did $43,5 million.

Friday night’s take will count as the official first night, and I guess that money will be included. But “The Dark Knight Rises” is set to knock off a bunch of records this weekend. Meanwhile, there are numerous messages of condolence all over the internet. And by far the most unusual story so far is that of Jessica Redfield, who narrowly missed being in another shoot-out in a Toronto mall in June. And that’s Canada, which is supposed to be so safe. Some kind of gun control is needed everywhere.

PS Four years ago, “The Dark Knight” took in $67 million on July 18th, 2008. To beat that number, the new movie only has to do $37 million today.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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