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'Dark Knight Rises' Outpacing 'The Avengers' in Presales

Online ticket broker Fandango reports "The Dark Knight Rises" has sold out more than 2,000 shows nationwide. Projections for weekend are now between $185M and $198M

“The Dark Knight Rises” is outpacing the summer blockbuster “The Avengers” in ticket sales at the same point in the sales cycle, online ticket broker Fandango reported Thursday.

The final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has sold out more than 2,000 showtimes nationwide, and it’s currently on track to become one of Fandango’s top-selling movies of all time.

On Thursday, “The Dark Knight Rises” was accounting for 91% of Fandango's daily ticket sales.

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Industry analysts have revised their projections for the "Dark Knight Rises" upward since earlier this week and now see it taking in between $185 million and $198 million in its debut this weekend. That would be the second-largest domestic opening of all-time, behind only Disney and Marvel's superhero mashup "The Avengers," which debuted to $207 million in May.

“The IMAX showtimes are particular fast-sellers, as almost every one of our Thursday midnight IMAX showtimes have been sold out," Rick Butler, executive vice president and general manager of Fandango said in a release.

Earlier in the week, Fandango surveyed more than a thousand “Dark Knight Rises” ticket-buyers and found that 97% said the darker tone made them more interested in seeing the movie. In addition, 89% claimed the new villain, Bane, made them excited to see the film.