Batman Beats Spider-Man, Pirates, and Darth Vader at the Box Office

I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but "The Dark Knight" has, based on box office figures this morning and predictions for the rest of the day, passed the earnings of "Spider-Man 3" to become the biggest opening ever for a three-day weekend.

Legendary Pictures' "The Dark Knight" brought in an estimated $155.4 million from its 4,366 theaters. "Spider-Man 3" earned $151.1 million during its opening weekend in May 2007. Nolan's first effort in the "Batman" series, 2005's "Batman Begins," opened to $47 million during its first three days and then went on to gross $205 million domestically and $166 million internationally. "The Dark Knight" could easily surpass these figures within the next few days.

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