Marvel’s The Avengers made history last weekend, bringing in a record smashing $207.4 million dollars in its first opening weekend. Since then, fans and movie buffs have been debating whether or not The Dark Knight Rises can break The Avengers’ record the weekend of July 20th. In an open letter to the fans, The Avengers director Joss Whedon commented on the competition from Christopher Nolan and The Dark Knight Rises. I think he nailed it:
Let’s look at the bigger picture, and I can’t say this enough: THIS IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME. Our successes, whoever has the mostest, are a boon to each other. We’re in the business of proving that superhero movies aren’t just eye-candy (they’re eye-TRUFFLES!). People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I’m proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan’s Kirk Douglas, I think they’re missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I’M definitely buying. Nolan and Raimi INVENTED the true superhero flick, yo. (Special mention to Jon Favreau and James Gunn.) Happy to be in the mix.
On a related note, I’d encourage you all to check out a great article on this very topic, by Sean Gerber of Modern Myth Media: Can ‘The Dark Knight’ Rise Above ‘The Avengers’?