The Dark Knight Rises Takes £1m in Pre-Sales at BFI IMAX

The BFI IMAX cinema has already taken over £1 million in ticket sales for The Dark Knight Rises – two days before the film is due to open to the public on 20th July.

The final part in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has been lauded as the most highly-anticipated film of the summer for film fans and 43 shows are now completely sold out, with over 60,000 tickets being sold for the Waterloo super-cinema.

Fans have been snapping up the tickets since advanced sales opened five weeks ago and the previous records for early sales have been smashed. The first screening is at 04.25am on Friday morning and there will be similar slots across the whole weekend.

The figures for both the advance box office gross and the number of tickets sold have beaten the cinema’s previous best-ever advance sales, which were for Avatar in December 2009 (£607,000 sales for 47,000 tickets).

The Dark Knight Rises also broke BFI IMAX records for highest first day sales ever (24,754 tickets grossing £409,838) and the highest first week sales ever (38,658 tickets grossing £634,013). Both these records were previously held by Prometheus.

Director Christopher Nolan has also filmed large sections of the film with IMAX cameras following the success of 2008’s The Dark Knight, which marked the technique’s blockbuster debut. Over an hour of the footage from the film is in IMAX format, with the image filling the giant screen.