Originally posted July 16, 4:33 p.m.
Holy blockbuster, Batman!
When the "Dark Knight Rises" premieres Thursday at midnight, it's basically a guarantee that it will break ticket sale records.
The third and reported final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman series starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader is expected to rake in more than $150 million in its opening weekend alone.
In other words, if you are set on seeing the movie this weekend, you might want to go ahead and buy your tickets now. In fact, as of July 1, 100,000 tickets were already presold.
Can't wait till midnight Thursday? Some theater chains, including Regal Cinemas, AMC and Movie Tavern, are capitalizing on the hype with early evening Batman marathons that include "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" and culminate with the "Dark Knight Rises" premiere.
Also, Regal Medlock Crossing Stadium 18 in Duluth has five showings of the newest Batman from 12:01 a.m. to 1 a.m. Seats are available for nine screens around midnight at in Lawrenceville, and Suwanee's new Movie Tavern has tickets for six showings.
Stay tuned later this week for our "Dark Knight Rises" review!