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DHD CONTEST: Dark Knight Predictions!

UPDATE: Studio sources tell me that record-breaking advance ticket sales for Warner Bros’ Batman: The Dark Knightcontinue to grow at a pace unlike any other film in history”. Even the number of locations in North America where the comic book caper will be playing — 4,366 — is an Industry record. There are also approximately 3,000 theaters that will start screening the Christian Bale/Heath Ledger actioner at 12:01AM Friday. Meanwhile, every IMAX show in New York City this weekend is sold out. By all accounts this should be Hollywood’s best-ever 3-day overall North American weekend at the box office: the number to beat is last year’s $151+ million. So Dark Knight‘s expected $130+ million opening, combined with Universal’s anticipated $25+ million Mamma Mia! debut, should expand the marketplace by a huge number to include those two films and all the very popular holdovers like Sony’s Hancock, Universal’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Disney/Pixar’s Wall-E, Warner Bros’ Journey To The Center Of The Earth, and Universal’s Wanted. As a Warner Bros exec emailed me, “Should be a fun ride this weekend…”

‘Dark Knight’ Speeding Towards Friday: Selling, Selling, Selling …Nearly Sold Out