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“Dark Knight” whips up strong advance ticket sales
Since before the summer movie season began in May, new Batman movie “The Dark Knight,” starring Christian Bale, has been one of the most anticipated films by movie fans. With good early reviews and an apparently strong performance by Heath Ledger as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, fan interest keeps growing.
Online ticket seller Fandango said on Wednesday that its advance ticket sales for the film are on pace to blast past blockbusters like “Iron Man” and “Sex and the City” — two of the summer’s biggest box office hits.
“The Dark Knight” opens officially on July 18, but theaters across the United States are scheduling midnight screenings on Thursday and many of those shows are already sold out, Fandango said. In response, theaters are adding 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. shows, so fans can catch the movie before dawn.
“The ‘Dark Knight’ may be responsible for a lot of bleary eyes at work next Friday morning,” Rick Butler, chief operating officer for Fandango said in a statement.
Ticket demand is high in small U.S. cities such as Boise, Idaho and in big cities like New York and Los Angeles.
In a survey of 3,000 fans at Fandango.com, 92 percent said they expect Ledger to win an Oscar posthumously for his role as the Joker — even though most of those fans presumably have yet to see his performance. Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose earlier this year in New York.