The Dark Knight Heading Back to Theaters in January!
by Alex Billington
September 11, 2008
Warner Brothers has officially confirmed that The Dark Knight will be re-released in theaters again next January just in time for the Oscars. "It's just a matter of bringing it back as a reminder for people." The film will return specifically to IMAX theaters for now and they're uncertain if it'll return to conventional theaters as well. With The Dark Knight's current domestic box office total pushing $513 million, it's obvious that Warner Brothers wants to shoot for that $600 million mark in order to potentially beat Titanic. This re-release is also timed to tie in with the voting season for the Academy Awards, both to highlight the film during that time to remind voters and to capitalize on any buzz from nominations.
This should be great news for all those Dark Knight fans who can't wait to see it in glorious IMAX yet again, but here's where things get interesting. The film is actually due out on DVD in December, making this January re-release a much less valuable alternative. Will there be enough interest in January to earn the film another $90 million to push it past Titanic? And is The Dark Knight worthy of additional nominations (e.g. Christopher Nolan for Directing) on top of Heath Ledger? I've heard that Warner Brothers is also considering re-releasing the film every year as an event. Seeing it in IMAX is unlike anything I've ever been able to repeat, so I might actually take advantage of this re-release in January myself.
We all knew this was coming, so I'm glad to see that WB is not afraid of the hype that this film still has. I'm sure it'll get at least one additional Oscar nomination which might just be enough to help it earn $90 million more. Although in its current run, it only earned $55 million in IMAX total, and as of this moment, the January re-release is only being planned in IMAX theaters - which makes me believe that it'll be much harder to beat Titanic than originally thought. Will you go back and see it again in January?
Reader Feedback - 43 Comments
i live in portugal, i dont know if it's re-released here in january too, but i would definitely watch it again
Not You on Sep 11, 2008
I imagine they'll throw in a voucher for some discount in the DVD release ..
_ram-jaane' on Sep 11, 2008
Hellz Yeah! I'll watch it again in IMAX!! On television they never advertised the IMAX-ness of the the film so this time around maybe people will know to watch it in larger than life format.
Nunyo Biznez on Sep 11, 2008
Lets go 600 mil lets go!
AllmightyKeim on Sep 11, 2008
I would do anything to see it in IMAX one more time
Chris W on Sep 11, 2008
Yet again? It hasn't gotten here to our IMAX yet for the first time!! Oh man, I love Smalltown, USA. 🙁
kevjohn on Sep 11, 2008
Check it out, first pics of The Dark Knight Two Disc Directors Cut on Blu-Ray. Hell Yes!! http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B001CXW8CW/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_0?ie=UTF8&index=0
shaun on Sep 11, 2008
that feels like cheating. Just do the third one and let that one beat titanic.
Darrin on Sep 11, 2008
the third one and no other movie is not even going to have a chance to come this close again, so why not go for it.
troy on Sep 11, 2008
Since I missed out on the IMAX experience initially I'd definitely go see it again. Also, I'd love to see Nolan pull out all the stops to pass Titanic just so Cameron can sit back and laugh when he reclaims the title with Avatar.
Peloquin on Sep 11, 2008
just because Cameron has been working on Avatar for ever, doesnt make it a guarenteed success.
troy on Sep 11, 2008
Uh yes it does...Cameron pours his heart and soul into film and takes forever because he doesn't leave any detail to chance...he's never let down before so why would he start now? Show me one other director/producer/writer who invents his own camera systems and has the resume of Cameron and I'll take it into consideration (Nolan would be the closest, which makes this battle all the more intriguing) I'd put a wager on Avatar claiming this record when it hits theaters...any takers?
Peloquin on Sep 11, 2008
No, Avatar doesn't seem have the mass appeal that Titanic and TDK have. Both movies were able to bring in people from all around, Avatar doesnt seem mass appealing. Dont get me wrong, i completely agree with you about Cameron!!! I cant wait to see Avatar, but im just not feeling 600 million for Avatar...
Spencer on Sep 11, 2008
They could do like a 6 minute preview for like Harry Potter or some other big movie that they are releasing later in the summer...just think how many Potter fans would go to see the first like 6 minutes of the movie. That would get you your 90 mill
Random Guy on Sep 11, 2008
@12... I see what you're saying, the sci-fi demographic isn't nearly as big as the teen heartthrob (Titanic) or action/crime drama (TDK) crowd. I guess I'm kind of jaded towards my view as a huge sci fi fanatic, but you're probably right that it won't bring in the numbers like TDK or Titanic did relying primarily on the torrent-wielding sci-fi dem. Glad you didn't argue Cameron's abilities as a previous blogger did.
Peloquin on Sep 11, 2008
I was actually dreaming of this.. I mean, Titanic had its second highest gross for a single day in its 58th day. It was the next day after Oscar announcements. I mean, that did the trick. Now the bat gets the same chance.. :p
Deepak T on Sep 11, 2008
yes! I missed out on imax last time because there is only one imax in the San Francisco Bay Area. But a local one is opining in November so i will defiantly see it this time around!
taylor on Sep 11, 2008
This is exactly what needs to happen for comic book movies!!! TDK will definitely bring real legitimacy to the series after it gets nominated for SOMETHING, it doesn't matter what, so long as it's nominated for SOMETHING it can open up the doors for Watchmen. But come on Alex, look at your audience. We're the kind of guys who salivate over an opportunity like this. The general public, however, isn't necessarily going to shill out another $16 (that's how much my IMAX movie ticket was) to see a movie they've already seen twice, three times before and can grab from Blockbuster whenever they're hankering for it. I'm not sure TDK is going to pass the 600 mill. mark, and anyways, to match the TICKET SALES of Titanic it'd have to make $900 million dollars. That's because ticket prices are so much higher nowadays than they were when Titanic was released. But here I am, the cynic, hoping that TDK brings it home. 😀 Chris Nolan's definitely paved the way for an entire genre, and really has changed the industry's outlook as a whole. Big summer action movies don't have to be pure drivel.
Reza on Sep 11, 2008
I hope the virals start back up again!!
jeanine on Sep 11, 2008
Its cinematic masterpiece. I wish it was a girl so i could marry it.
buttons on Sep 11, 2008
You say it's a cinematic masterpiece, but in the same breath you say it's overplayed? Do you realize how ridiculous you sound?
Tom Anderson on Sep 11, 2008
Sorry, Alex, but a rerelease won't make that much more money, espically for a film already seen by so many, nominations won't increase the box office like it did for NO COUNTRY or BLOOD. It looks like it should top out around $530M or even close to $550 which is extraordinary. However, the DVD release will hugely hinder the audience turn out and JAnuary is pretty crowded. It can draw some extra cash, MAYBE $30M, but more around $20M if that to be conservative.
Ryan on Sep 11, 2008
Definitely - only this time I'll see it at IMAX.
Maryann on Sep 11, 2008
The best chance this movie has at beating Titanic which I hope it does, is the re-release before part three comes out. That may make 90 mill.
Joker on Sep 11, 2008
I am fucking sick and tired of this movie. I really REALLY hope it gets buried and isn't mentioned again for a long ass time after the Oscars. Does anyone remember Speed Racer? Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? No, you don't remember them, because they were pretty bad for their hype and now the advertising stopped so they're buried. I hope the same fate on The Dark Knight because even though it is a cinematic masterpiece, it was way overplayed.
Kail on Sep 11, 2008
I hope it doesn't pass Titanic. There's something terribly wrong with people if this movie ends up being the highest grossing movie ever, seriously. Titanic is history, both the story of the movie, the production of the movie, that date you had with your GF when you watched the movie, etc etc. Batman is just batman. In 3 years there will be a better batman, and in 10 years no one will care about the Dark Knight.
Darunia on Sep 11, 2008
Titanic was epic in all aspects, budget, production, scale, time etc etc. i concur
buttons on Sep 11, 2008
Darunia, what the hell are you smokin'? Titanic sucked; I can't believe that movie is #1. I honestly don't think hollywood can improve on the current style of Batman; new movies may pass it up but only because of inflation. I can't wait to see Titanic get knocked out of the top spot; I know I'm going to sound juvenile but the Titanic was fucking gay.
?? on Sep 11, 2008
im saying it will get at least 550$ mil at the box office in its first release than the re-release will make it 620$ mil. im just saying
cheater on Sep 11, 2008
I for one enjoyed both movies but would love to see TDK topple Titanic's reign, domestically. Having said that though, Titanic still made a further $1.2Billion outside the US. TDK has barely even reached a 3rd of that. Not even its domestic and foreign gross combined even compares to that.
G on Sep 11, 2008
I will see it in January, and I will also see it every year. Just like the (crappy) Rocky Horror Picture Show. I'll dress as the Joker this time, and every year after that!
Brian on Sep 11, 2008
The reason why TDK will not beat Titanic is because women and teenage girls contributed about $450 million of its total earnings. I know of a lot of women who seen that movie at least 10 times in theaters and some more than that! I'm not saying there is anything wrong with it, I'm just saying most repeat viewers have seen TDK only two or three times(I seen it for the fourth time today). Also ticket prices were only $5 then, now they average $9. So a lot of people will wait for the DVD instead of seeing it more than once in the theatre. Plus Titanic was in theaters for something like 6 months, TDK will be in theaters for only 3 months(probably). As much as I want it to topple Titanic I'm afraid it just isn't going to happen! P.S. #19, if you are so tired of this movie then why do you click on the post and then take the time to write a response. I am so sick of reading posts like yours on this site, TDK is the biggest movie to come out of Hollywood for a long time and it will continue to be big for a long time! So shut the FUCK UP, come out of your mommies basement and get a life!
JD on Sep 11, 2008
i'd probably go back for another IMAX viewing in january. i don't know about annually, we'll have to see about that.
crAziemutant on Sep 12, 2008
I hope it does not beat Titanic, a real story vs a cartoon.
jerry on Sep 12, 2008
HELL YA! i want to see this movie in IMAX, even if i get the freakin' dvd i still wanna see it at IMAX! and also i want this movie to beat titanic!!!!
Donny Callahan on Sep 13, 2008
jerry #34 the only thing real about Titanic was that the boat did sink... the rest was just fiction, yeah fiction just like a cartoon!
bltzie on Sep 13, 2008
the dark knight has made 514.9 and will reach 518 to 520 this weekend. I saw the someone said it would only be in theaters 3 months come on. Its already been 2 months and it in 2,173 locations as of right now. And is only drops about 200 theaters a week. At that pace it would be about 11 weeks form now. That around dec. away. And on that note batman begins was in theaters for about 51/2 months and it only made 205.5m. And would this even mean its re-released. Because Jurassic park and home alone did that back in there day.
corey on Sep 13, 2008
I will definitely be seeing this again for re-release in IMAX! Sweet deal!
Conrad on Sep 14, 2008
I'm a 37 year old married female, and I'm borderline obsessed with TDK. I've seen it in an IMAX theater four times and we're going to see it again in a newly opened Cinebistro Cobb Theater in our town this week. I will definitely see it again in a newly opened IMAX theater in January if they play it there. If not, there's three other IMAX theaters to choose from. Once it's released on DVD I'm sure I'll drive my husband crazy by watching it whenever I want. =)
Laine on Sep 28, 2008
I will DEFINITELY go see it in January!! I hope it beats Titanic.
Katie on Nov 23, 2008
I will absolutely go back!!! I missed the Imax opportunity the first time, but I still saw it 3x in regular theaters. I'm extremely ecstatic that they're re-releasing it!!!
Silent Guardian on Nov 25, 2008
I am a very big fan of this movie, and would love to see it come out again! I will be it personally when it comes out sometime in December. I have seen it twice, and would not mind to see it again in theatres. I would never get tired of this brilliant movie. Heath Ledger left a great Masterpiece behind. His role was my favorite in this soon to be classic.
Brandon on Dec 3, 2008
I've got the movie on DVD, and I am still psyched out of my mind to go back and see it in theaters. I think it should also be released not only in IMAX, but in traditional theaters. This movie is worth the big screen, and it's one of those things that SHOULD be re-released. Heath Ledger ought to win what he's nominated for; he gave this movie its magic.
Rachel on Jan 1, 2009
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