London screen operates through the night

LONDON — Box office sensation “The Dark Knight” opened whammo at London’s BFI Imax, banking $220,000 in its first four days. Opening weekend result was bigger than any other Imax site worldwide.

First 20 shows of “Dark Knight” at the 435-seater London cinema were sellouts. Huge bow was boosted by squeezing in extra nighttime screenings (at 2.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m.) and by sizable advance ticket sales — 37,929 across the program (also a worldwide Imax record).

“Many of our customers have traveled to London from around the country to ensure that they see the film on the U.K.’s biggest screen,” commented Justin Johnson, head of operations, BFI. “Apart from creating more hours in the day, there is nothing more that we can do to meet the huge demand that the film has created.”

The Christian Bale topliner is skedded to run at BFI Imax until Sept. 4 with 38 performances already sold out.

Christopher Nolan’s brooding comicbook actioner features six sequences filmed with Imax cameras.

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