LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It seems that 4,366
theaters weren't quite enough.
As hype for new box office champ "The Dark Knight" reached
a fever pitch over the weekend, moviegoers were surfing eBay
and Craigslist for tickets, sometimes paying five times face
value for them.
The hottest items were tickets to Imax showings. The movie
opened on 94 Imax screens, and company executives did a good
job letting folks know that director Christopher Nolan shot
many of the biggest action scenes with an Imax camera, making
it was the best venue for viewing the film.
All the publicity didn't hurt Imax stock, either: It gained
18 percent last week. "The Dark Knight," meanwhile set a new
weekend record by selling $155 million worth of tickets.
The going online-auction price for an Imax "Dark Knight"
ticket seemed to be around $50 -- with many sellers asking $60
and many buyers offering $40.
An eBay spokesperson said she didn't recall seeing this
many, if any, offers to buy and sell movie tickets on the site
And eBay has seen a surge in activity related to Batman in
general, with nearly 23,000 items listed on Friday. As for
movie-related Batman gear, Christian Bale paraphernalia is the
The online auction house said that 2,147 collectible items
related to Bale's Batman were listed, ahead of Val Kilmer
(823), Michael Keaton (768) and George Clooney (184).
Some of the more popular items include movie posters,
action figures and animation cells that are being offered for
as little as $5 and as much as $1,000. The big-ticket item thus
far was a Batman comic book that sold last month for $30,000.