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'Dark Knight': Official tally is $158.4 mil

The weekend's final figures are in, and ''The Dark Knight'' wound up grossing more than we first thought, while ''Mamma Mia!'' held on to its own record

THE DARK KNIGHT The caped crusader smashed box-office records in its weekend debut
THE DARK KNIGHT The caped crusader smashed box-office records in its weekend debut

The Dark Knight's record-breaking opening weekend just got bigger. Final figures for the Friday-to-Sunday frame are now in, and it turns out that the second Batman movie from star Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan officially grossed $158.4 in its debut. (Sunday's early estimate had the movie earning $155.3 mil.) Thus, the comic-book franchise flick exceeded Spider-Man 3's $151.1 mil mark for the biggest three-day opening weekend in box-office history by a remarkable $7.3 mil.

Meanwhile, the weekend's final numbers also gave Mamma Mia! a slight boost, helping it hold on to its record for the best movie-musical premiere of all time. The Broadway adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan officially grossed $27.8 mil (up from an estimated $27.6 mil), to solidify its position above Hairspray (which bowed with $27.5 mil) among song-and-dance flicks. Click here to read the full, updated weekend box-office chart.

Originally posted Jul 21, 2008
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