'Avengers' is #3 Highest Grossing Film, But Will 'TDKR' Rise Above?
In an unprecedented cinematic undertaking, Marvel was able to successfully weave a storytelling web across multiple films that culminated in The Avengers, a global box office juggernaut that has earned over $550 million domestically in the month after its debut. This weekend, the film slid past The Dark Knight to take the number three all-time spot on the earnings list with $1.3 billion in total. But we're already looking ahead, and the finale of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is realistically the only thing this year that could knock The Avengers from its newly-claimed perch. But does The Dark Knight Rises stand a chance?
Despite the built-in audience, I think The Avengers' massive box office success still shocked a lot of people, especially with Joss Whedon at the helm. The guy had only directed one feature film before this (Serenity, based off of his own television show "Firefly"), and now he's standing in the company of James Cameron with his film joining Avatar and Titanic among the highest grossing films of all time. That's an insane accomplishment for a second-time director, but the even bigger accomplishment is that his movie turned out to be fantastic. We've all seen terrible films climb this ladder thanks to overblown 3D prices (ahem, Alice in Wonderland), but The Avengers truly deserves this level of acclaim.
Now, the question on everyone's minds is can The Dark Knight Rises surpass what Marvel has done? Look, The Dark Knight is one of my favorite movies ever made (no, I'm not exaggerating), but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that by the end of the year, The Avengers will still be on top. Since The Dark Knight Rises is my most anticipated movie of the year, I've avoided all of the trailers and TV spots for it so far but I can already tell from what little I know about it that this movie is going to be a hell of a lot darker than The Avengers. That means that fewer families will be comfortable bringing their younger children to see it. So take a smaller audience, and add the fact that Nolan stood his ground and refused to shoot The Dark Knight Rises in 3D (a decision I respect the hell out of, by the way), and that's a huge blow in the film's chances at reclaiming its spot on the list. But only time will tell.
We all know that box office numbers don't equate to a movie's overall quality, but I'll open it up to you in the comments: do you think The Dark Knight Rises (check out that fancy new MTV trailer) can overtake any of Avengers' records when it opens July 20th? Or did the 3D boost bump Avengers into the unreachable?