Batman: The Killing Joke may have only a two-night engagement in a limited number of theaters, but the R-rated, animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's acclaimed graphic novel earned over $3 million in its first night.
That was good enough to take third place at the domestic box office, behind Star Trek Beyond ($6.3 million) and The Secret Life of Pets ($4.2 million).
Studio estimated place the film's haul at $3.175 million, making it far and away the best per-screen average in the land. The Killing Joke drew in $2,396 for each screen it was on, versus Star Trek's $1,592.
That per-screen dominance makes sense when you consider that last night's release was intended to be the only day on the big screen for Batman: The Killing Joke until sell-outs at a number of theaters prompted Warner Bros. and Fathom Events to add another night today.
What does it take for a person to snap? How much despair for a mind to fracture? These are the twisted questions that The Joker has set out to answer, to show Gotham that even an ordinary man like Commissioner Gordon is only one bad day away from sheer insanity. Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel, witness a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. Follow his humble beginnings as a struggling comic to his fateful encounter with the Dark Knight that changed everything. Fueled by the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker, witness the birth of a super villain, the fortitude of a hero and the punch line that will leave you speechless.
Batman: The Killing Joke will officially come home on Digital HD on July 26, 2016, and Blu-ray and DVD on August 2, 2016. A special Deluxe Edition of the Blu-Ray combo pack will run $29.96, and includes a limited edition figurine of The Joker. The regular pack runs $24.98, and DVD runs $19.98.