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How much will The Dark Knight Rises make at the box office?
Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, July 19, 2012
Four years ago when The Dark Knight opened in theaters, it went on to enjoy a commanding three-day box office finale of $158.4 million dollars. Just this May, Marvel's The Avengers set a new record for the highest-grossing opening weekend ever, $207.4 million dollars.
Could lightning strike twice in the same year? Is it possible for The Dark Knight Rises to eclipse The Avengers and set a new opening weekend record?
One site is predicting that TDKR will surpass Avengers, but just by a small amount. According to their weekend forecast, Box Office Mojo is predicting The Dark Knight Rises will gross $214.7 million dollars this weekend, with $30 million alone from midnight screenings held tonight.
However, the Christopher Nolan three-quel does have two unknown factors that could work against it. While it sounds ghoulish to say, the untimely death of Heath Ledger evelated the pre-release hype for The Dark Knight to stratospheric levels. Thankfully there isn't a similar tragedy to play into the buzz for Dark Knight Rises. As well, TDKR has a longer running time -- 164 minutes -- and that near three-hour running time means less shows can be squeezed into theaters.
But if there is one movie that stands a real shot at dethroning The Avengers from its record-setting opening weekend, it can only be The Dark Knight Rises. When the Thursday midnight box office estimates come in I'll be back with that report.