‘The Dark Knight Rises’ sequel could cost as much as $200M, analyst says
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The Dark Knight trilogy is one of the most successful films of all time, and Warner Bros. is hoping the sequel will take the same crown.
If the studio can make the sequel in the $200 million range, that could mark a significant boost for its $1.7 billion production budget, according to a report from CB Insights, which tracks film production spending.
“It would be a very significant boost to the studio,” said Michael Moritz, an analyst at CB Insight.
“The last two installments have grossed over $1 billion and it’s a very good base.”
Warner Bros., which is owned by Disney, made the first movie in the series in 2004 and is releasing the second one in 2018.
The Dark Kingdom, which opens July 10, is based on the comic book series written by Frank Miller, who is credited with creating the Batman character.
The first film opened in the U.S. in 2006, and the second is expected to open in 2020.
The franchise has spawned three movies, three TV series and numerous merchandise, including Batman costumes, posters and trading cards.
The latest installment, The Batman Begins, opened last week and has grossed more than $1 million worldwide.
In addition to the superhero films, Warner Bros.’ biggest domestic film is the DC Extended Universe, which includes the movies Justice League, Justice League Dark, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Aquaman.
Warner Bros.: ‘The Batman Begins’ will be a blockbuster in 2019.
In the next two years, the studio will release two films: the DCU film, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2020; and a Justice League movie, which will debut in 2021.
Warner is aiming to release at least three movies per year, Moritz said.
“A good chunk of it is just trying to push the boundaries,” he said.
Warner also is looking at other franchises to develop.
“We are looking at something with a bit of a darker tone,” Moritz added.
“Maybe there is a little more of a superhero element.”
The Batman films, which are directed by Zack Snyder, have become big-ticket items in the movie business, selling more than a billion tickets worldwide and bringing in nearly $1 trillion in ticket sales since 2003.
In 2018, Warner released the DC Comics-themed Aquaman, which stars Aquaman’s underwater adventures.
The movie grossed $250 million worldwide and generated more than 3.5 billion views on YouTube.
The film, the first since the Justice League films, also grossed an estimated $75 million from foreign markets.
Warner expects Aquaman to open to $130 million domestically in 2019, which would mark its biggest opening weekend ever.
The Aquaman movie, a Warner Bros.-produced film, is expected in about $250-$300 million.
In 2019, the company is developing an Aquaman TV series for NBC, which Moritz expects to debut in 2020 or 2021.
“They have a very big footprint with the superhero movies, but there is so much else to do in the world,” Moruzzi said.
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