No matter which way you cut it, Batman
means blockbuster. The theatrical phenomenon began in 1989 with Tim Burton
, which grossed $251 million and spawned three sequels. Then, in 2005, Christopher Nolan
's Batman Begins
grossed $205 million and spawned two sequels, The Dark Knight
($533 million) and The Dark Knight Rises
, which is at $413 million and climbing.
However, in 1989, the average price of an American movie ...