"The Dark Knight" Already Selling Out Theaters A Week Before Release Date

07/17/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"The Dark Knight" just spilled over into early morning.

In a frenzy, fans have bought so many late-night tickets for the July 18 opening of the next Batman movie that theaters in places like San Diego, Chicago, and even Eagan, Minn., are scheduling 6 a.m. screenings for those who can't get in at midnight or 3 in the morning.

Movie theaters have sometimes opened their doors at odd hours for their most highly anticipated films, say, an entry in the "Star Wars" series, and midnight shows have become part of the summer blockbuster ritual.

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