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21 July, 2008 - Published 10:29 GMT
Dark Knight breaks box-office record
The new Batman film has broken box office records on its first weekend in US cinemas. The Dark Knight stars Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader and also features the late actor Heath Ledger, who plays The Joker. Peter Bowes reports from Los Angeles:
The Dark Knight has become the biggest grossing film, in its first weekend, of all time. It made 155 million dollars in US cinemas, surpassing a record set last year by Spiderman 3. The movie was one of the most widely anticipated of the summer, in part because it features Heath Ledger in one of his last performances.
The actor died from an accidental drug overdose shortly after filming his role as Batman's nemesis, The Joker. It's a performance that has been widely praised, leading to speculation that Ledger could receive a posthumous nomination for an Oscar.
The Dark Knight is on course to become a hugely profitable film. It cost less money to make than it has already made in the US and 20 other countries.
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