The Dark Knight Rises — the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's popular Batman trilogy — has already sold $25 million in advance ticket sales prior to its midnight opening on Thursday. There's also a thriving black market for tickets online, with opening night passes going for as much as $175 on eBay. The highly anticipated film is expected to break weekend box office records for traditional 2-D movies, and some industry observers say it also has a shot of surpassing the record for 3-D movies (which levy a lucrative surcharge on moviegoers), set earlier this summer by the superhero flick The Avengers.
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