20 JULY 2008

It is the most anticipated film to hit cinemas this summer, and the new Batman movie is living up to all expectations by setting a single-day box office record on its first 24 hours of release in the US.

With a cast led by British stars Christian Bale and Michael Caine, plus the late Heath Ledger – who is hotly tipped to be awarded a posthumous Oscar for his chilling portrayal of The Joker - The Dark Knight took £33.2 million when it debuted in the US on Friday.

With such a high figure the Warner Bros flick has soared past the previous record of £29.9 million set by Spider-Man 3, starring Tobey Maguire, last year.

"We have been thrilled by the response to The Dark Knight, first from critics and now from audiences," said Warner Bros' Dan Fellman.

The Dark Knight will be hitting screens in the UK on July 21.

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With Christian Bale reprising his role as the caped crusader and the late Heath Ledger delivering a chilling portrayal of his nemesis The Joker, The Dark Knight has already proved to be a box office sensation Photo: © Getty Images Click on photo to enlarge
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