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The Dark Knight Rises is on pace to a huge opening weekend, possibly the biggest ever

07.20.2012
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Until the horrible events of early this morning, the big topic was how well would THE DARK KNIGHT RISES perform at the box office and could it beat THE AVENGERS record-breaking gross. Based on early indications, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES may be on it's way to the biggest opening weekend in history. Here are some breakdowns.

According to Fandango, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES currently accounts for 91% of daily ticket sales, selling out coast-to-coast from big cities like New York and Los Angeles, to smaller towns like Sunrise, Florida to Puyallup, Washington. The film also promises to be one of Fandango's all-time top mobile ticket-sellers, with nearly 30% of the site's fans on Thursday using Fandango’s mobile site and apps to buy their tickets in advance. The ticket site has reportedly sold out over 2,000 screenings of the movie.

Over at Deadline, they are reporting that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES grossed over $28 million for midnight screenings last night. That would likely put it above THE AVENGERS record of $28 million back in May. Worldwide, the film has already grossed $68.4 million, which are very promising numbers to break THE AVENGERS record opening weekend of $207.4.

The geniuses over at Box Office Mojo have used their mathematical prowess to determine that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is going to gross somewhere in the range of $193 million and $228 million. That would mean that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES could be the highest grossing opening weekend of all time without the added boost from 3D sales. THE AVENGERS gained 51% of it's gross from 3D showings.

The tragedy from last night may or may not put affect movie-goers from seeing the film, but that is the last thing we should be worried about at this point. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will be a successful movie based on the fans who clamor for the film.

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1:31AM on 07/22/2012
Most people have the attention span of a 1st grader in church. There will be a couple, but most people will still go see this and yeah they will scope the place out but its not going to hinder someone dropping some money on this film. Ill be seeing it a 2nd time tomorrow.
Most people have the attention span of a 1st grader in church. There will be a couple, but most people will still go see this and yeah they will scope the place out but its not going to hinder someone dropping some money on this film. Ill be seeing it a 2nd time tomorrow.
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3:12PM on 07/21/2012
"could be the highest grossing opening weekend of all time without the added boost from 3D sales", but it will have the boost of IMAX sales, just sayin'. Cause where I live IMAX is more expensive than 3D.
"could be the highest grossing opening weekend of all time without the added boost from 3D sales", but it will have the boost of IMAX sales, just sayin'. Cause where I live IMAX is more expensive than 3D.
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11:14AM on 07/21/2012

I'm torn...

This was a tragedy and a lot of innocent people lost their lives or were seriously injured and there is no doubt that this incident will scar many, many people for life. Many of whom will probably never be able to watch this movie just because of the painful memories that it'll dredge up. I'm sure that many, if not all people, will not be able to see the film without this incident being on their mind. That being said, avoiding the film, either from fear or respect, would only hurt the cast,
This was a tragedy and a lot of innocent people lost their lives or were seriously injured and there is no doubt that this incident will scar many, many people for life. Many of whom will probably never be able to watch this movie just because of the painful memories that it'll dredge up. I'm sure that many, if not all people, will not be able to see the film without this incident being on their mind. That being said, avoiding the film, either from fear or respect, would only hurt the cast, crew and studio who worked so hard to provide us with the film that we've been asking for. If anything, it would be letting the twisted individual responsible dictate our actions. By comparing himself to "The Joker," it's clear that he was trying to inspire fear and cause chaos. I'm not saying that if you were to feel it would be more respectful to wait an appropriate amount of time to see the film that it'd be a mistake. I'm just saying that if you are to decide to see the film, I don't think that it'd in any way offend the families or memories of the victims.
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5:24AM on 07/21/2012
I understand the scale of this tragedy and it's saddening that so many innocent lives were taken so suddenly. But no connection should be made between the movie and this. There's no reason why the movie should suffer just so the "focus" can be on that horrific incident. They're totally different things. If not seeing the movie could somehow help to better the events in Colorado, then by all means don't see it. But that isn't the case. Not seeing the movie will only cause the filmmakers and
I understand the scale of this tragedy and it's saddening that so many innocent lives were taken so suddenly. But no connection should be made between the movie and this. There's no reason why the movie should suffer just so the "focus" can be on that horrific incident. They're totally different things. If not seeing the movie could somehow help to better the events in Colorado, then by all means don't see it. But that isn't the case. Not seeing the movie will only cause the filmmakers and everyone involved to suffer the consequences. They don't deserve that. DO NOT give the bastard who did this the satisfaction of such an impact. Go see the movie. Mourn for those who had to suffer this, but do not let the movie, its makers, and its fans have to feel the impact of the asshole who did this. TDKR and the tragedy are not connected. It's a matter of coincidence and should be treated that way. Honor those who are gone, make sure justice is served, mourn and pray. But never let a work of art suffer, and never give in to crimes such as this.
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5:25PM on 07/20/2012
Ive seen a lot of talk saying the shoot will affect the box office numbers in the future past this weekend but i doubt it
Ive seen a lot of talk saying the shoot will affect the box office numbers in the future past this weekend but i doubt it
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1:18PM on 07/20/2012
I really hope the movie won't be shadowed by the shooting. That tragedy is one thing and the movie is another thing.
I really hope the movie won't be shadowed by the shooting. That tragedy is one thing and the movie is another thing.
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2:09PM on 07/20/2012
they're different yes, but the tragedy is more important than the movie and the focus should be on that and the people affected -- not the film.
they're different yes, but the tragedy is more important than the movie and the focus should be on that and the people affected -- not the film.
2:49PM on 07/20/2012
Pain is temporary.
Film is forever.
Pain is temporary.
Film is forever.
3:39PM on 07/20/2012
agreed.
agreed.
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