'The Dark Knight Rises' Faces A Titanic Box-Office Battle With 'The Avengers'

'The Dark Knight Rises' Faces A Titanic Box-Office Battle With 'The Avengers'

It's undoubtedly been the most anticipated releases of the year, but Hollywood figures suggest that Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight Rises' could face a huge battle to beat fellow superheros 'The Avengers' to become the biggest film of the year.

According to The Guardian, "Tracking" figures for the new film, estimates based on research into the plans of cinemagoers, prepared to enable studios to predict a movie's likely takings suggest it is on course to beat the $158m taken by its predecessor 'The Dark Knight'.

That film was comfortably the biggest movie of the year, but the research suggests the latest installment tracking behind 'The Avengers', which has become the third highest grossing film of all time, taking over $1.4bn, lying behind James Cameron's 'Titanic' and  'Avatar'. This means that despite 'The Dark Knight Rises'  being more profitable than its predecessor it may struggle to repeat its feat.

The fact it is behind 'The Avengers' is being blamed on two factors: the fact that Nolan's movie is only in 2D, which has lower ticket prices, and its length, which means cinemas can screen the movie fewer times.

However if 'The Dark Knight Rises' does top 'The Avengers' at the box-office, it may be a sign that it can top 'Titanic' and break James Cameron's hold on the top two biggest grossing films of all time.

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