The Dark Knight Rises: Biggest 2D Opening of All Time?
Box office tracking suggests a better opening that The Dark Knight.
by Max Nicholson
July 9, 2012
Ready for another round of wall-to-wall packed movie theaters? New pre-release tracking predicts Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises could very likely surpass the $158.4 million opening of The Dark Knight, which had the biggest three-day domestic debut of all time when it opened.
Rises will be hitting theaters on July 20, the same debut weekend as The Dark Knight in 2008. To this day, TDK remains the top domestic opener in terms of 2D feature films. Since then, two 3D pics -- this summer's The Avengers and last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 -- have taken the No. 1 and No. 2 spots with $207.4 million and $169.2 million, respectively.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, TDKR's overall tracking numbers come close to The Avengers,' but the latter had an added boost of 3D ticket sales. However, Nolan's final Bat-chapter will also screen in several hundred IMAX theaters, which charge at a premium. (Over an hour of the movie was shot using IMAX cameras.) What's more, the film clocks in at 164 minutes -- 21 minutes more than The Avengers and 12 more than The Dark Knight.
Females are reportedly less interested in seeing The Dark Knight Rises than The Avengers, but Warner Bros. still has two weeks to court this demo.
The Brian Michael Bendis series originally announced over five years ago is finally coming to fruition. "Daredevil: End of Days" tells what is in a way the 'last Daredevil story'.
"This takes place in the not-too-distant future and we get to see what the Marvel Universe may look like," said Bendis, "In the vein of Daredevil, it's a more realistic future. In the very first issue, some very large things happen, including Daredevil's very public murder, which sends Ben Urich on his final assignment, once again telling the story of Matt Murdock."
The series will be written by Bendis and David Mack with art by Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz with Alex Maleev providing covers and interiors.
"We wanted to get a lot of people associated with Daredevil through the years together on one book and use it as the culmination of our passion for this character," said Janson "We see almost every character who has been associated with Daredevil through the years as well."
Some of the characters teased that Johnson mentioned are Bullseye, The Punisher, Kingpin, and a soccer mom Elektra.
No exact release date or how many issues the series will run but it is set to begin this October.
If you’re a True Believer--and we know you are--you can’t afford to miss out on the Marvel panels! Trust us, no fan will be disappointed because whether you’re a lifelong Marvelite or a casual fan, there will be something for you to enjoy.
Thursday, July 12
Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way You have the talent. You have the imagination. You have the "Go get 'em, Tiger" determination that would make the Bullpen proud. But where do you go from there? Discover the next step in your budding comics career with world-renowned talent scout C.B. Cebulski, David Marquez (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man), Sam Humphries (Ultimate Comics Ultimates) and more as they give you all the right pointers towards getting a foot in the door at Marvel Comics. Discussing all entry points across every department, this can't-miss panel is a must for all Marvel hopefuls! 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Pacific Room 7AB
House of Ideas Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you've come to love? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada on what's happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Dot Com, Marvel's vast social media presence and more in this can't-miss panel. 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Pacific Room 7AB
Next Big Thing The Marvel Universe is where the biggest comic stories happen--so wouldn't you like to be the first to know what we've got planned? Get the latest news on Marve's plan for their biggest heroes and villains, with some surprises along the way! Join editor Sana Amanat, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, Marvel talent scout C.B. Cebulski and more as they answer all your burning questions while giving you a sneak peek at the future of Marvel! 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Pacific Room 6DE
Friday, July 13
Ultimate Comics The Ultimate Universe will be shaken to its core in the mega-event Divided We Fall. But what happens after the fall? Find out with writer Sam Humphries (Ultimate Comics Ultimates), Ultimate Comics editor Sana Amanat, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they detail the shocking revelations surrounding Divided We Fall. 12:30 p.m.-1:30p.m. Pacific Room 6DE
Cup O' Joe This is it, Mighty Marvel fans – the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for! Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing along with guests including Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb, SVP of Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski and Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more!. You never know who will show up but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Pacific Room 6BCF
The All Winners Squad Over the years Marvel has been known to assemble some of its greatest Super Heroes at SDCC. This year fans are invited to witness the introduction of an entirely new team (and, at least, they think they are great) as they take to the stage for the first time ever. You won’t believe your eyes (or ears) when you see this collection of awesomeness gather and share the inside scoop on what it’s really like to be a Marvel Super Hero. Who are these mysterious Super Heroes??? Join us in welcoming them to the Marvel A-List with moderator Morgan Spurlock! Plus, there’s always the promise of free swag…but don’t hold us to that! 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Pacific Room 8
Saturday, July 14
Marvel Television Presents Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb, brings the scoop on Season 2 of the hit animated series, Ultimate Spider-Man, along with a never-before-seen episode... And a glimpse of the other heroes joining Marvel Universe on Disney XD! Plus, get the update on other hot Marvel Animation Studios projects including Marvel Knights Animation, Marvel anime – and more surprises from Marvel Television. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Pacific Room 6BCF
Marvel Video Games Learn all about Gazillion’s Marvel Heroes MMO, Ubisoft’s Avengers: Battle for Earth and more future Marvel games – including an announcement from Activision and High Moon Studios that is sure to be a HIT! Q&A will follow. 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Pacific Room 6A
Avengers Vs. X-Men The battle between the Avengers and the X-Men rages on in this cosmos-shattering event! All your favorite super heroes enter — and only one team will emerge victorious! You’ve got questions and these people have the answers! Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, X-Men editor Nick Lowe, SVP of Creator & Content Development C.B. Cebulski and more are on hand to lay out what’s going on with the epic battle surrounding the X-Men’s Phoenix Five and the Avengers! 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Pacific Room 6BCF
Hasbro Adam Biehl (senior director, global Marvel line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (licensing director, Marvel), Dwight Stall (senior Marvel product design Manager, Hasbro) and Kristin Hamilton (senior manager, global Marvel line at Hasbro), discuss Hasbro's popular Marvel Legends, Marvel Universe, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Marvel Bonka Zonks toy lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming, never-before-seen action figures. Adam, Jesse, Dwight and Kristin will also host some Q&A for your burning Marvel action figure questions! 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Pacific Room 24ABC
Marvel Studios: Iron Man 3 Producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Pacific Hall H
Sunday, July 15
Women of Marvel From Ms. Marvel to the X-Men, from tumblr to Twitter, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics for the last year. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today, and what it means for the future of the industry. These ladies are smashing through the four-color ceiling! Guests include editors Jeanine Schaefer and Sana Amanat. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Pacific Room 5AB
Amazing Spider-Man There’s NO TURNING BACK for Spider-Man! The Lizard is back and only Spider-Man has a chance of curing him! Find out all the details right here on what’s going on with your favorite wall-crawler on the eve of his 50th Anniversary in August! That’s right, Marvel’s Editor in Chief, Axel Alonso and more will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans! With earth-shattering announcements that will change the life of Peter Parker for ANOTHER 50 years, this is one panel that no Spidey fan can miss! 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Pacific Room 6DE
For those of you that saw our review of The Complete History of the Batmobile, you'll be excited to know a TV special documentary on the subject is on the horizon. Here's the announcement:
The broadcast network premiere of the new half-hour special on the history and evolution of the Batmobile - THE BATMOBILE - will air on Monday, July 16, 8:00-8:30pm ET on The CW. An encore of the special will air from 8:30-9:00pm ET. The special will have its world premiere screening at Comic Con in San Diego on July 12, where all six of the Batmobiles from film and television will also appear for the first time together.
From its inception in the late 1930s, the Batmobile has been a symbol of power, hope and justice, as well as the pinnacle of technology as the most awe-inspiring weapon in Batman's arsenal. In its contemporary and most robust form as the Tumbler, the Batmobile is a combination of unbridled creativity, advanced technology and the pursuit of "justice on wheels."
The special uses archival footage, images and illustrations of the Batmobile to document its birth and evolution to the present day. Interviews with filmmakers, key designers, builders, stunt drivers, actors and fans of the Batmobile lead the viewer on an exploration of the true impact of this cultural icon. Personal stories will interweave with historical context to tell the definitive story of the world's most recognized automobile. Interviews include actors Christian Bale and Adam West, and directors Christopher Nolan, Joel Schumacher and Tim Burton.
THE BATMOBILE is from New Wave Entertainment and Warner Bros. The special was directed by Roko Belic, produced by Tara Tremaine and edited by Michael Fallavollita.
Filmmaker Richard Raaphorst is in post-production on his highly anticipated Frankenstein's Army and he'll be speaking to us and other member of the press about his production at the San Diego Comic-Con this week. To spread the word about the film, a series of propaganda posters and Raaphorst used his Twitter account to reveal the first poster.
The image features the film's "zombots" and Viktor Frankenstein, as played by Karl Roden. Dark Sky Films will release the project in 2013. Head inside for a look!
Frankenstein's Army takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades - a desperate Hitler's last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.
If you're keeping track of the Marvel NOW! initiative it has now claimed it's first victims. The Marvel soliciations for October have arrived via CBR and nine titles are coming to a close as Marvel NOW! gears up to start.
The series that are ending include Fantastic Four, FF, Captain America, Invincible Iron Man, Mighty Thor, Incredible Hulk, New Mutants, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men Legacy.
No word yet on when some of these titles will be coming back or if they're coming back at all. So far the only series that is confirmed to be a part of Marvel NOW! that is on the solicits is Rick Remender's Uncanny Avengers, but expect more to be announced soon.
You can take a look at the comics we want to see Marvel do here and the comics we DON'T want to see here.
Legendary Entertainment announced its film and comics lineup for the San Diego Comic-Con which includes The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim:
Legendary Entertainment is prepared to deliver to fans an intimate look at its upcoming movie and comic releases during the upcoming Comic-Con International 2012. With a strong lineup of talent, and an unforgettable viewing experience in 3D and HD, Legendary’s booth is the hub for fans to be part of the action with panel sessions, autograph signings, and giveaways - all surrounding the company’s high-profile film and comic releases.
Additionally, a select group of lucky fans will get taken behind-the-scenes for an opportunity to see exclusive footage from upcoming movies presented by Legendary and LG – hosted by Legendary’s directors and producers. For a complete list of Legendary activities at the convention, please see below:
Comics Comic-Con International will be a true coming out party for Legendary’s Comic division. In addition to providing new details on the label’s fall release – The Tower Chronicles – Legendary will unveil a parade of the top names in the industry who be announcing all new IPs. The talent will be hosting a Legendary Comics panel on Thursday, July 12 at 5 pm in Room 6A. Additionally, each of them will be signing in Legendary’s booth throughout the convention.
The build-up to the release of Legendary’s first original IP, The Tower Chronicles, continues as Comic-Con will be the venue for the reveal of compelling assets and information. Telling the story of supernatural bounty hunter John Tower, the three-part series features a story created by Legendary Entertainment’s Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull. The book is being written by Matt Wagner (Grendel) and drawn by Simon Bisley (2000 AD).
Film On the film side, Legendary’s booth will feature the Mini Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises, two costumes from Pacific Rim, both of which have never been seen, and artwork from future films like Man of Steel. Additionally, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro will be signing in the booth on Friday. Legendary will also give attendees a peek inside the company’s upcoming projects with exclusive content on LG 3D and HD TVs and smartphones. For fans who want to find out the most up-to-date details and insider information on Legendary’s film slate, the company will have a presence in Hall H on Saturday.
LG Partnership In addition to the activities at the Legendary booth and Hall H, the company, along with consumer electronics giant LG, will be offering lucky fans an opportunity win The Pass. By following Legendary’s social media platforms or visiting the booth during the show fans will get the chance to come to the Legendary booth at a specified time each day to win a T-shirt. A group of randomly selected fans will have a bonus wrapped in their shirts – a pass to one of two special behind-closed-doors screenings to show exclusive never-been-seen content. Taking place on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon, these screenings will provide Pass recipients the chance to watch never-before seen footage from a selection of upcoming films (although the actual films are not being announced they will be selected from a group of high-profile releases that could include, but is not limited to, Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, and more). Each screening, which will be shown on top of the line LG CINEMA 3D Smart TVs with 3D and True HD displays, will be hosted by esteemed talent associated with upcoming Legendary features.
IMAX Partnership Through a partnership with IMAX, the booth will showcase one of the IMAX cameras used on the production of The Dark Knight Rises. An IMAX representative on hand to answer visitors' questions about the technology and filming process.
Entertainment One has announced that, to promote their upcoming Iron Sky, they'll be unleashing a "Babe Army" in the streets of San Diego this Saturday as part of Comic-Con's festivities. Check out full details beneath the official synopsis!
In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.
...and now they're coming back to claim Earth for their own.
Catch the hot Iron Sky army girls marching in full formation for photo ops in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and outside the Convention Center Concourse on Saturday, July 14th from 8:30am to 7:00pm!
Tweet your photo with the Iron Sky babe army #IronSky #ComicCon #SDCC and come visit the film's official booth on the convention floor to claim your prize! Prove you found our army by showing us your photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and win some sweet Iron Sky swag!
As they've recently done for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Prometheus, John Carter, Marvel's The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, IMAX will be distributing an exclusive poster for fans attending midnight screenings of The Dark Knight Rises at their theaters. You can check out the exclusive design below, courtesy of Fandango.
Opening in theaters and IMAX on July 20, the final chapter in Nolan's trilogy stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.
Following the Comic-Con poster for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Warner Bros. Pictures has released another photo (via USA Today) from the Legendary Pictures project opening July 12, 2013. The new pic again features Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi.
In the film, legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea and begin a war that would takes millions of lives and consumes humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.