More than that, though, The Dark Knight is the biggest-ever movie at the number one box office – to the tune of $155 million. That’s even more than Spider-Man 3 managed. The Dark Knight better than a film about Kirsten Dunst doing a dance about some eggs? Wow, that is good.
What’s more impressive is that The Dark Knight managed to be the best ever movie at the US weekend box office even though it’s an overlong pitch-black morality tale made notorious by the death of one of its stars. That means that The Dark Knight is also the most depressing box office megahit since at least Big Momma’s House 2 came out.
Looking at the list of all the other movies that have at one point had the biggest-ever weekend box office grosses, there are some pretty big names on the list. Spider-Man, Pirates Of The Caribbean – but now The Dark Knight has topped the lot of them. That’s right – the death of Heath Ledger is the new Johnny Depp‘s funny run, or something.
The runaway weekend box office success of The Dark Knight just goes to show that movie audiences are sophisticated enough to enjoy complex, endlessly deep meditations on the similarity between good and evil after all.
And, given Hollywood’s love of ripping off other successful ideas, we’re now looking forward to seeing the upcoming reinvention of Digby The Biggest Dog In The World, which will now be four hours long, shot entirely at night and have a profound philosophical core based on Eliezer Yudkowsky‘s principles of Singularitarianism.
Here’s this week’s US weekend box office top five…
1 – The Dark Knight (As exciting as it is, The Dark Knight might just go down in history as the most depressing movie to be crowned biggest-ever film at the weekend box office. And now the focus will turn to how Christopher Nolan plans to top The Dark Knight – we’d imagine that it’ll involve a noose being given away with each movie ticket in case the audience feels like hanging themselves at the futility of it all by the halfway point) $155,304,000
2 – Mamma Mia! (Forget the deformed face of Harvey Dent, the unexplained motives of The Joker or the constant reminders of Heath Ledger’s untimely death – by far the scariest thing about this week’s weekend box office is the sound of Pierce Brosnan caterwauling his way through SOS like Lee Marvin in Paint Your Wagon repeatedly stubbing his toe on a breezeblock made of stinging nettles in Mamma Mia!) $27,605,000
3 – Hancock (Number three? That’s rubbish! Perhaps Hancock would have fared better if it had taken a leaf out of the number one and number two movies at the weekend box office, and either starred a dead bloke or featured a song and dance number performed by a man who sounds like a wounded dog drowning at the bottom of an abandoned well. Next time, Will Smith. Next time) $14,000,000
4 – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (Forget Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, we want to know why Space Chimps only got to number seven at the weekend box office. Sure, The Dark Knight probably stole some of its audience away but, come on, Space Chimps? It’s called Space Chimps, for crying out loud. You’ve disappointed us, America) $11,910,000
5 – Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy II managed to lose 70% of its opening weekend audience in the space of seven days. Meanwhile, Meet Dave only lost 68.9%. Suck it, Hellboy II: The Golden Army!) $9,813,000