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In the News July 28, 2008

The Dark Night Can Shatter Box Office Records-Surpassing Titanic!

Heath Ledger as the Joker and Christian Bale as Batman are breaking box office records with "The Dark Knight."

"The Dark Knight" continues to obliterate box office records, crossing the $300 million mark in the 10 days since it's release. The current Batman installment has grossed $75.6 million in its second weekend in theaters, pushing its domestic total to $314,245,000 according to Warner Bros.

  • It surpasses the record set in 2006 by "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which took 16 days to make $300 million.
  • It has already had broken records for best opening weekend at $158.4 million and best single-day with $66.4 million.
  • It's also busted records in its showings on IMAX screens, making $16.3 million in its first 10 days.
  • "Dark Knight" could reach $400 million in about 18 days, which would beat the record "Shrek 2" set in 2004 when it made that much money in 43 days.

Where is the money coming from?

A businessman arrived at the Treasury Department carrying a suitcase stuffed with about $5.2 million. The bills were decomposing, nearly unrecognizable, and he asked to swap them for a cashier's check. He said the money came from Mexico.

The problem is that for the past few years, authorities say, he and his family have popped in and out of U.S. banks, looking to change about $20 million in buried treasure for clean cash. And the banks say that the money is always the same — decaying $100 bills from the 1970s and 1980s.

It's the story that keeps changing. Among the stories heard: It was an inheritance, somebody dug up a tree and there it was, it was found in a suitcase buried in an alfalfa field and a relative found a treasure map.

Authorities are investigating . "Given that the money is coming north from Mexico, that both conflicting and cockamamie stories have been told about its origins, and that all the stories of how it got to be found are fantastical, I strongly suspect that the Felhaber currency is the proceeds of illegal bulk narcotics sales," ICE investigator Stephen A. Schneider told the Federalmagistrate.
Another Hollywood DUI

Shia LaBeouf was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Sunday after an early morning wreck in which the "Indiana Jones" star injured his hand and knee, authorities said.
Actor Shia LaBeouf faces DUI charges after being injured in a car accident in Hollywood, California, Sunday.

LaBeouf was trying to make a left turn at a West Hollywood intersection around 3 a.m. when his pickup collided with another vehicle, rolling the truck over, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Wolf said.

Gas under $4, down 12 cents over two weeks

The average price of gas dipped below $4 a gallon for the first time since the start of June, according to a national survey.

The average price of gas dropped to under $4 a gallon for the first time since the beginning of June, according to a national survey released Sunday.

The survey showed that the average price at gas stations across the nation was a fraction of a cent below $4.00 for a gallon of self-serve regular, said survey publisher Trilby Lundberg.

The price dipped about 12 cents over two weeks. The survey, which tallies prices at thousands of gas stations nationwide, found an average of $3.9959.


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