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'Batman' tops $15 million on first day

June 16, 2005 at 9:23 PM

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) -- "Batman Begins" took in $15.1 million Wednesday, its first day in U.S. theaters.

Warner Bros. Pictures screened the newest take on the Dark Knight in 3,718 theaters. The one-day total was a solid box-office performance, but short of a record, The Hollywood Reporter said.

"We're ecstatic about the opening for 'Batman Begins,'" Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman told The Reporter. "It's the first 'Batman' movie that ever opened on a Wednesday, and it's the largest Wednesday opening in June for Warner Bros."

The movie, starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader, scored the 11th-biggest Wednesday opening of all time. The Reporter said "Batman Begins" would probably head into the weekend with at least $25 million in the till, as it expands to 3,858 theaters.

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