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Batman Carves Economic Niche in Film (& Villain) History

the dark knight

Just how much did “The Dark Knight” gross at the box office this weekend? $158.4 million (CN Portfolio)

But compared to previous versions, Batman is earning less over time. In fact, the first Batman film in 1989, starring Michael Keaton, grossed about $436.4 million.

Gallery: Best & Worst Batman Villains (
Best: The Joker, of course, but Danny DeVito as The Penguin was grim – both sad and gothically disturbing: that funeral, those dark circles, him hitting on Catwoman. Cringe.

tonight’s the knight

heath ledger as joker

Walking past the Union Square theatre yesterday, I noticed a queue extending around the building. The people were among blue police barricades for what looked like a silent protest. Turns out kids were just waiting to get tickets for “The Dark Knight”, which opens today. R.I.P., Heath.