BOX OFFICE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES May Beat THE AVENGERS Opening Weekend

The Dark Knight Rises isn't opening in 3D, but still has a very good chance of beating the opening weekend record set by Marvel's The Avengers earlier this year. Hit the jump for details on that and a rough idea of exactly how much Christopher Nolan's Batman finale cost to produce.


The Los Angeles Times reports that with just a few days until it finally hits the big screen, The Dark Knight Rises is generating more audience excitement than the last three highest grossing blockbusters (Marvel's The Avengers, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part II). This has led analysts to predict that the highly anticipated threequel will gross upwards of $180 million during its opening weekend in North America. It's believe that it may even topple the impressive record of $207 million set by The Avengers. While the large amount of IMAX screens it is playing on will boost takings, the lack of 3D means it won't benefit from the higher ticket prices that the Marvel Studios movie did. Regardless, as was reported earlier this week, The Dark Knight Rises is set to have the biggest opening ever for a 2D movie and should have little trouble in nearing (or possibly surpassing) the $1 billion mark worldwide. According to the site, "The percentage of potential moviegoers who list the picture as their first choice among upcoming releases is six points higher than that of 'The Avengers' on the Monday before it opened, and seven points higher than 'Hunger Games'." Interest is much higher among men that women, although there is still a great deal of interest from the fairer sex. It is thought that The Dark Knight Rises' budget was around $230 million.






Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight." The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.


STARRING:

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine as Alfred
Gary Oldman as Commissioner Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox
Tom Hardy as Bane
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake
Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate
Josh Pence as Ra's Al Ghul

RELEASE DATE: July 20th, 2012


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