Weekend Predictions: 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Featured Stories - on July 18, 2012 by Phil Contrino

darkknightrisespred.pngAll eyes are on The Dark Knight Rises this coming weekend. Christopher Nolan's trilogy-capper will do very well worldwide during its debut frame.

Warner Bros. has expertly built up enthusiasm for The Dark Knight Rises by giving fans a steady stream of new information while remaining (mostly) spoiler-free at the same time. It's going to pay off in a big way. There's no way this movie can miss.

The Dark Knight Rises has everything going for it: a great cast, a trusted director, immensely valuable brand recognition, and the fact that it's the last film in a trilogy. Last installments tend to be the most successfulHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King are two prime examples of that. Don't be surprised if The Dark Knight Rises tops The Dark Knight's $1,001,921,825 worldwide haul.

Comparisons to the $207.4 million record-setting opening of Marvel's The Avengers are inevitable, but ultimately unfair. 52% of Avengers' opening weekend gross came from 3D showsan advantage The Dark Knight Rises does not have. Although, TDKR is bound to set records on IMAX screens.

As of 3 p.m. PT, Fandango reports that The Dark Knight Rises leads daily sales with 85%.

Look for The Dark Knight Rises to rake in $198 million from 4,404 locations during its debut frame.

Check out the rest of our top 10 predictions in the table below.


Title Release Date Distributor Weekend Gross
The Dark Knight Rises Jul 20, 2012 Warner Bros.
$198,000,000 $198,000,000
Ice Age: Continental Drift Jul 13, 2012 Fox
$23,000,000 $92,000,000
The Amazing Spider-Man Jul 3, 2012 Sony / Columbia
$16,000,000 $234,500,000
Ted (2012) Jun 29, 2012 Universal
$12,500,000 $183,300,000
Brave Jun 22, 2012 Disney
$6,200,000 $208,500,000
Magic Mike Jun 29, 2012 Warner Bros.
$5,000,000 $102,800,000
Savages Jul 6, 2012 Universal
$4,800,000 $41,700,000
Moonrise Kingdom May 25, 2012 Focus
$2,800,000 $37,200,000
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection Jun 29, 2012 Lionsgate
$2,700,000 $60,800,000
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Jun 8, 2012 Paramount / DreamWorks
$1,900,000 $208,200,000

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

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