Warner Bros.’ sequel The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters at midnight tonight and is projected by industry analysts to have one of the largest opening weekends in movie theater history. The Dark Knight Rises may top the Ledger opening weekend revenues of $198 million, reports Business Week.
The third and final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale as Batman will set a new opening weekend record if it tops The Avengers‘ $207.4 million May debut. The Dark Knight opened in theaters in 2008 to major buzz due in part to Heath Ledger’s death, great reviews and the outstanding performance of Joker. The 2008 movie set an opening weekend revenue record of $158.4 million with $1 billion in global ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo..
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 broke that record in 2011, with opening weekend revenues of $169.2 million. "Marvel's The Avengers" took the top spot over Harry Potter less than one year later.
Even if you aren't able to make tonight's Midnight showing, you can go to sleep knowing that The Dark Knight Rises is going to make lots of money, as the film made up 85 % of yesterday’s advance sales at Fandango.com and 88% of sales at MovieTickets.com. BoxOffice.com’s reports that the movie has generated massive social media buzz on both Twitter and Facebook. The Dark Knight Rises' official Facebook page has close to 12 million “likes.”
The movie's most recent Facebook update says:
"Transform your world into Gotham City with the official Augmented Soundtrack Experience from the makers of The Dark Knight Rises.
Download The Dark Knight Rises Z+ app for your iPhone or iPod Touch now to experience amazing Z+ realtime augmented sound, including new and exclusive music from the movie, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary with composer Hans Zimmer and director Christopher Nolan: http://bit.ly/TDKRZ"
The Dark Knight Rises certainly has the "right ingredients" to ensure that the the movie a huge success though does it have enough going for it to top the The Avenger's opening weekend? Stand by!