July 19, 2012



Unless the world comes to an abrupt end in the next few hours, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is going to start earning more money than The Joker set on fire in the last Batman film.  But how much?  Can Rises set records this weekend?  Our resident expert says probably not, because Christopher Nolan’s film has the disadvantage of being in 2D, meaning it can’t get the benefit of 3D ticket premiums–it would have to sell roughly 15-20% more tickets just to hold even with the 3D competition.  On the other hand, this is The Dark Knight Rises we’re talking about, so it may be close.  Here, then, are the current record-holders the Caped Crusader will be gunning for over the next few days:


Thursday Midnight:  $43.5M – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

All Friday (inc Thursday Midnight):  $91.1M – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Friday (w/o Thursday Midnight):  $62.1M – The Avengers

Saturday:  $69.6M – The Avengers

Sunday:  $57.1M – The Avengers

Opening Weekend:  $207.4M – The Avengers

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."