Christian Bale as Batman in a scene from the motion picture “The Dark Knight Rises.”
At 12:01 a.m. Friday, thousands around the country will watch the beginning of the end.
“I saw the ending of Star Wars and Harry Potter, but Batman is the one that for me, signals the end of my childhood,” said Faiyad Ahmad, a rising junior at Brown University from Andover, Mass.
The Dark Knight Rises, the last of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, has already made $25 million in advance ticket sales and theaters around the country are completely sold out for the midnight viewing.
The Dark Knight – the second in Nolan’s trilogy — has checked in at $18.4 million in midnight grosses alone.
According to pre-release tracking, The Dark Knight Rises will bring in over $180 million opening weekend, which would be an all-time high for a 2D film.
The all-time record belongs to The Avengers, which grossed $207.4 million including 3D sales. Many wonder if Batman will be able to beat out all the other superheroes in earning revenue.
“Batman is the fictional character I’ve looked up to the most and appreciated most as a kid,” Ahmad said. “When Batman Begins came out, it just blew my mind. It was real and dark,” said Ahmad, who wasn’t able to score midnight tickets but will see it over the weekend.
For Jason Miller, a rising sophomore at the University of Virginia, the Batman series is different from other action films.
“Iron Man or The Avengers are almost kid movies with just big explosions,” the McLean, Va. native said. “But Batman movies have a certain depth and darkness. They’re written at a higher level and are very well directed.”
Ahmad agrees. He admires the way Nolan created the film from a comic book. “It’s not a comic book anymore, it’s a war film,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t have expected this level of filmmaking from a comic book movie.
“There’s something different about Batman,” Miller, who is seeing it in IMAX, said.
The Dark Knight Rises is getting the largest IMAX release of all time — around 330 theaters — according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Rising University of Pennsylvania senior Romelie Coriolan is catching the midnight showing with a large group of friends. They’re planning to line up early at the theater for good seats.
Coriolan, who is from Brockton, Mass., is interested to see how the third movie will compare with the first two in the trilogy, especially The Dark Knight.
“Part of the reason the second one did so well was because of Heath Ledger. People will want to see if the movie will still be good without him,” she said.
That’s how a lot of sequels thrive, she added. Viewers want to keep up with the franchise to see if it gets better or worse.
She is also excited to see how the new cast members, such as Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will do. ”
They’re all really good actors but sometimes when you put too many good actors together, it doesn’t end up being a good product,” she said.
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