THE DARK KNIGHT RISES OPENING WEEKEND – According to early tracking numbers, Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises is set to become the largest 2D movie opening ever. The funny thing is that it has to beat The Dark Knight‘s 158.4 million dollar record in 2008 in order to hold the title. Movies like Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows: Part 2 and The Avengers don’t count because they have 3D versions.
Although you won’t be able to see Batman and Catwoman jumping off the screen in 3D, you will get to see them as tall as a building in the IMAX version. Nolan chose to shoot more than an hour of the movie with the loud and huge IMAX cameras (in fact, Anne Hathaway‘s stunt double actually broke one of the very expensive IMAX camera with the Batpod during a riot scene.) The added price of seeing the movie on IMAX should help drive up the total profit of the movie.
Personal I don’t think The Dark Knight Rises will pass the total box office that The Avengers has and will bring in. The Avengers had the added bonus of the costly 3D tickets to drive profits plus the fact that Nolan’s Batman movies are darker in tone and therefore parents are less likely to bring their young children. For example, could you imagine what nightmares a kid would have after seeing Two-Face or watching the Joker perform a magic trick with a pencil? But hey, The Dark Knight will always be remembered as the movie that changed the number of movies that can be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. How many superhero movies can say that?
PLOT: Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
- Australia – July 19
- Canada, UK & US – July 20
- Germany – July 26