Christopher Nolan's last Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, is currently tracking better than Joss Whedon's mega blockbuster, The Avengers.
While The Dark Knight Rises might be more anticipated than The Avengers, that audience excitement doesn't necessarily mean it will do better at the Box Office.
But what is thought, is that The Dark Knight Rises will do better at IMAX, and will also score the record for best non-3-D film.
And currently, The Avengers movie holds the IMAX gross record for an opening with $15.3 million.
However, with Christopher Nolan having shot over an hour of footage for IMAX, in addition to The Dark Knight Rises having the widest IMAX showing of all time with 330 theaters, it is expected to beat The Avengers IMAX record.
And THR informs us that the midnight opening for The Dark Knight Rises is on part with The Avengers (note: that also benefited from the extra price of 3D tickets) with $18.4 million for TDKR, and $18.7 million for The Avengers.
THR also states pre-sale tickets for The Dark Knight Rises are at $25 million, which is "one of the best numbers of all time and underscoring the keen interest in the film."
Currently, WB is throwing out a conservative opening gross number of around $170 million, with other estimates ranging as high as $180-195 million.
The Avengers opened with $205 million.
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul.
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