Chart-topping UK Debut For The Dark Knight

by | 29 July 2008

The Dark Knight has debuted at the top of the UK box office chart after its opening weekend on release.

The Batman Begins sequel - which has shattered global box office records following its US release - has claimed the top spot in the UK and Irish charts with £11.19 million since opening on Thursday July 24th.

Having broken records for midnight previews and opening night box office takings, the Christopher Nolan film achieved the best opening weekend ever in the US and Canada, with $155.3 million (£77.7 million) in its first three days on release.

The comic book movie has also passed the $300 million (£151 million) mark faster than any other film in history, reaching the milestone in just ten days after being released.

And having opened in the UK on Thursday, the Christian Bale-starring drama has shot to the top of the UK charts.

"We knew The Dark Knight was a fantastic film, and it is wonderful that both the critics and the cinema-going public here in the UK feel the same way," said Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros UK, in a statement.

"This weekend's clear number one opening, which received critical and commercial box office success, is testament to the outstanding film making and cast of this stunning film, much of which was shot here in Britain."

He added: "We look forward to a long and successful run this summer."

Literary adaptation Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, directed by Bend it Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha, debuted at number four, while surrogacy comedy Baby Mama failed to repeat its chart-topping US success on this side of the Atlantic, opening in tenth.

The top ten films at the UK box office are: (last week's position)

1 The Dark Knight - £11.19 million (-)
2 Mamma Mia! - £2.83 million (1)
3 WALL-E - £2.04 million (2)
4 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging - £929,246 (-)
5 Hancock - £703,646 (3)
6 Kung Fu Panda - £655,239 (4)
7 Journey to the Center of the Earth - £195,967 (6)
8 Meet Dave - £119,906 (5)
9 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - £118,642 (7)
10 Baby Mama - £111,945 (-)

29/07/2008 14:57:31


Tags: Batman - Bend It Like Beckham - Christian Bale - Gurinder Chadha


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