The Dark Knight Rises Early Predictions To Beat Out The Avengers

There’s still three weeks left before "The Dark Knight Rises" hits movie theaters nationwide, but there are already early reports that the masked avenger will beat out the mass of avengers (see what I did there?) in it’s opening weekend.

Reports coming out of the L.A. Times makes note of there being just 21 promotional days remaining but reliable indicators are pointing to the film possibly making as much as $150 million in ticket sales, thus possibly nudging out the record set during opening weekend by "Marvel's The Avengers", which was set earlier this year.

Not that you'd be totally surprised: "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman film, earned $158.4 million during its opening weekend, a record which stood until "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" broke it last summer. "Marvel's The Avengers" surpassed "Potter's" record when it earned $207.4 million during its opening weekend in May.

Of course, should "The Dark Knight Rises" top "The Avengers," it would be quite impressive because of what the film has working against its success. Unlike "The Avengers," the Batman finale will not be available in 3D, which adds an additional charge to movie tickets. Nolan's film is also rumored to run for two hours and 45 minutes, more than 20 minutes longer than "The Avengers"; the longer a film, the less show times it can squeeze into a given day.

"The Dark Knight Rises" is out in theaters on July 20.