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Can 'Dark Knight' Break 'Spider-Man 3's Biggest Opening Weekend Record?

'The Dark Knight' will soar into the box office stratosphere with its debut on Friday, on its way to an opening weekend that is expected to easily break the $100 million mark -- but will the movie be able to break 'Spider-Man 3's record for biggest opening weekend ever?

Many experts are quick to put 'Spider-Man 3's opening weekend record of $151.1 million out of the reach of the caped crusader. But consider this, 'Spider-Man 3' played on over 10,000 screens at 4,252 locations when it opened in May 2007. 'The Dark Knight' is opening at 4,366 theaters. Add to it the fact that many theatres have added additional screenings at 3 AM and 6 AM to keep up with demand, the positive reviews, word-of-mouth, and anticipation for the movie -- a lot of which was missing from 'Spider-Man 3' and we think it's definitely a possibility.

The one clear advantage 'Spider-Man 3' did have, that 'The Dark Knight' does not, was almost no competition at the box office. A May opening left the field wide open for the movie, while 'The Dark Knight' on other other hand has to contend with 'Hellboy II', 'Wall-E' and 'Hancock', which has performed better than expected.

However, we're certain that the movie will break another record held by the third Spider-Man -- the biggest single-day gross of $59.8 million -- with an unprecedented Friday opening, and earn a place in the best opening weekend's of all-time.

July 18, 2008 |

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