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Director Christopher Nolan’s follow up to The Dark Knight will be arriving in theaters this summer on July 20th. Since the announcement of Nolan’s plans for The Dark Knight Rises, with production starting back in May of last year, spectacular TV spots, banners and pictures have dominated the web.
Fans of the franchise are crazy with anticipation in the hopes that this latest installment is as entertaining as its 2008 predecessor that banked $1,001,921,825 globally according to Box Office Mojo. But does Christian Bale’s Dark Knight have what it takes to trump the latest box office smashing superheroes, The Avengers? Iron Man, Captain American and the gang have already earned $1,195,539,621 to date worldwide at the box office. In their opening weekend they managed to bring in $200.3 million in ticket sales compared to The Dark Knight’s $158.4 million opening four years back.
Currently the odds favor that The Dark Knight Rises won’t be able to break box office records with a no at -210, and yes at +175 available at Intertops Sportsbook. I beg to differ however. Nolan’s Dark Knight, who has stepped up their marketing campaign since Whedon’s Avengers, will be the last time fans will get to see Christian Bale step into the iconic costume of Batman since the actor has shared that this latest installment will be his last. Word like this usually drives fans to see their favorite superhero one last time before he bids farewell, ensuring ticket sales.
There’s also the allure of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as the villainous Bane, and the likes of both rock solid performers Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman. Not to mention the loyal fan base and the hoards of curious movie goers who all want a piece of what the action this time around with the promise that this movie will be the best out of all of the Batman pictures. Unless the soon to be released Men in Black 3 gets in the way, The Dark Knight Rises looks like a sure thing to me. What do you think? Can The Dark Knight Rises surpass The Avengers at the box office?