Despite earlier confusion that some outlets cast earlier this week, it’s now confirmed that Warner Bros. will re-release The Dark Knight in theaters and IMAX on January 23rd, a move which guarantees the film will top $1 billion in worldwide box office. To date, the film has brought in $530.5 million domestically and $465.9 million internationally. The January release will make The Dark Knight the fourth film to bring in over $1 billion in box office revenue, joining Titanic, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.While there’s still some minor debate over whether or not actor Heath Ledger will be nominated for his role of The Joker in the film, The Dark Knight will most certainly see numerous Oscar nominations, with Best Picture and Best Director for Christopher Nolan not being out of the realm of possibility. Oscar nominations will be released January 22nd, and the film’s presence in the theaters during the time Academy members are weighing the nominees certainly won’t hurt The Dark Knight’s chances of turning any nominations it may have into awards. The Dark Knight is due on DVD Tuesday, where it will almost certainly set sales records, and as has been reported, the film is currently the highest-selling film ever on iTunes, easily setting a record for pre-orders for a film download. The full press release from Warner Bros. reads: Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing “The Dark Knight” back for a return engagement in theatres and IMAX on January 23, 2009, giving audiences one more chance to see the film on the big screen. The film will re-open nationwide, it was announced today by Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “‘The Dark Knight’ is a crowning achievement in every sense of the word. We wanted to provide one more opportunity for moviegoers to experience it on the big screen as it was meant to be seen.”
One of the most celebrated and successful films of this or any year, “The Dark Knight” has been hailed by both critics and audiences since its original release last July. The film garnered widespread acclaim for its artistic and technical achievements, including the work of its outstanding cast and its director, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“Memento”).
Led by Christian Bale, reprising his role from “Batman Begins,” and Academy Award® nominee Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain”), the ensemble cast also includes Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”), Gary Oldman (the “Harry Potter” films), Aaron Eckhart (“Thank You for Smoking”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Stranger than Fiction”), and Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”).
In addition, critics and moviegoers alike applauded Nolan’s revolutionary use of IMAX cameras to film some of the most challenging action sequences ever created—a first for a major feature film.
Nolan directed “The Dark Knight” from a screenplay written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan produced the film, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers.
Collaborating with Nolan behind the scenes were two-time Oscar®-nominated director of photography Wally Pfister (“The Prestige,” “Batman Begins”), Oscar®-nominated production designer Nathan Crowley (“The Prestige”), Oscar®-nominated editor Lee Smith (“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”). The music is by Oscar® winner and multiple Oscar® nominee Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King,” “Gladiator”) and seven-time Oscar® nominee James Newton Howard (“Michael Clayton,” “The Fugitive”), who previously collaborated on the score for “Batman Begins.”
Originally released on July 18, 2008, “The Dark Knight” broke virtually every possible box office record to become the top-grossing film of 2008 and the second-highest grossing movie (domestically) of all time.