Batman already blitzing iTunes

'Dark Knight' is best-selling movie before its release

Not that Warner Bros. needs more evidence that its Batman film franchise is a phenomenon, but it got some Tuesday from Apple anyway.

Apple said that the best-selling movie download of the year at its online iTunes store is "The Dark Knight," an especially notable accomplishment considering the film isn't even available there yet.

According to Apple, consumers have been pre-ordering the movie for purchase and rental at such a fast clip that it has surpassed Disney's "WALL-E" as this year's top iTunes movie download.

Rounding out the iTunes Top 5 are "Kung Fu Panda," "Iron Man" and "National Treasure: Book of Secrets."

As for TV shows, the most popular Season Pass this year is the second season of "Gossip Girl," which iTunes sells for $39.99. "Family Guy" Season 7 is next, followed by "South Park: Uncensored" (Season 12), "Grey's Anatomy" (Season 5) and "Mad Men" (Season 2).

The top songs at iTunes this year are "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis and "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay. The latter's album by the same name is the year's best-selling album download.
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