The Philippines plunged into darkness as Warner Bros.’ new Batman adventure “The Dark Knight” smashed box-office records, easily opening at No. 1 nationwide with a phenomenal P62.6-million for the July 17 to 20 weekend period. This was announced July 21 by Francis Soliven, general manager of Warner Bros. (F.E.), Inc.
Arriving with sensational anticipation and astounding critical approval, “Dark Knight” broke Metro Manila single day records in its path: the biggest Friday gross of the year at P10.43-M (surpassing “Iron Man” at P8.58-M), highest Saturday gross at P15.84-M (topping “Hancock” at P11.67-M) and biggest individual day for 2008 (ahead of “Iron Man” at P14.63-M) and biggest Sunday gross at P14.6-M (overtaking “Iron Man” at P11.83-M).
Its P50.46-million Metro Manila opening weekend gross also shattered several milestones: the year’s biggest first weekend for a Warner Bros. film (beating “10,000 BC” at P24.91-M) and the best opening for any Batman movie (thrashing 2005’s “Batman Begins” at P39.38-M).
From the 92 sites where “Dark Knight” opened nationally, the Top 20 theaters that amassed the best receipts are Trinoma (P3.91-M), SM Mall of Asia (P3.17-M), Glorietta 4 (P2.65-M), Greenbelt 3 (P2.54-M), IMAX (P2.44-M), Power Plant (P2.41-M), SM Megamall (P2.36-M), SM North EDSA (P2.16-M), Eastwood (P2.07-M) and Gateway (P2.04-M).
Following closely are Shangri-la (P1.882-M), Alabang Town Center (P1.880-M), Robinsons Ermita (P1.69-M), Robinsons Galleria (P1.68-M), Greenhills (P1.65-M), Ayala Center Cebu (P1.28-M), Festival (P1.23-M), SM Cebu (P1.21-M), Sta. Lucia East (P942, 100) and SM San Lazaro (P925, 800).
The triumphant Philippine debut of “Dark Knight” mirrored that of the U.S. where the film opened with a record $153.34-million, smashing the previous best of $151.1 million set by “Spider-Man 3” last year.
In “The Dark Knight,” Batman (Christian Bale) sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham City for good, with the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and the committed new District Attorney, Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). The triumvirate initially proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces The Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.
Maggie Gyllenhaal joins the cast in the role of Rachel Dawes. Returning from “Batman Begins” are Oscar winner Michael Caine as Alfred; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.
Still playing across the Philippines, “The Dark Knight” is distributed worldwide in IMAX and conventional theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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