Batman, Indiana Jones and the Ghostbusters dominated the multiplex
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There's really no contest. As noted in the essay, "Batman" was an event the level of which the industry and the world hadn't seen in years. It gobbled up the opening weekend box office record and just kept making money, reflecting, perhaps, a hunger for a character who at that time had not been portrayed on the big screen in over 30 years. Of course now Batman is the most-filmed superhero of all time, Tim Burton's 1989 entry yielding three sequels. Within a decade of the initial franchise, the material would be resurrected and rebooted by filmmaker Christopher Nolan to massive returns. All of that started in 1989, with a ubiquitous logo treatment and the must-see movie event of the year, resulting in over $250 million domestic and another $411 million overseas.