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“The Dark Knight Rises” tracking better than “The Avengers”?

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It’s the battle of the summer superhero blockbusters, and at this time “The Dark Knight Rises” seems to be in the lead.

Yes, we get that “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises” are both unique, great movies in their own way. But if you’re reading this article, you’re probably lying to yourself if you think you aren’t wondering which of these two movies comes out with a bigger box office income once they complete their run. It’s the classic comic book showdown: DC versus Marvel.

Well, according to Fandango, it’s DC’s game right now. Sure, “The Avengers” has raked in $1.45 billion worldwide, but the movie ticket website is reporting that “The Dark Knight Rises” is “outpacing the summer blockbuster ‘The Avengers’ in ticket sales at the same point in the sales cycle.” Let’s not forget that “The Dark Knight” was the second highest grossing film ever in the US until “Avatar” and now “The Avengers” toppled its throne, so fans are likely expecting the same movie magic to happen twice.

Of course, by most reports “The Dark Knight Rises” is not quite the movie that “The Dark Knight” was. And it doesn’t have Heath Ledger’s tragic death to cast a somber pall over the movie’s release that made people more interested than they might have been otherwise. Will “The Dark Knight Rises” do as well in the long run as “The Avengers” has this summer? It remains to be seen. But there’s always the (very likely) chance that “The Dark Knight Rises” could burn hot on its release and then cool off to a lukewarm reception.

Christopher Nolan‘s final Batman film is still in good shape for now, though. Fandango executive vice president Rick Butler says that almost every Thursday IMAX showtime for “The Dark Knight Rises” is sold out, and that the movie currently accounts for 91 percent of daily ticket sales. Many screenings opening weekend are sold out, particularly in the more expensive IMAX format. The fact that IMAX is a big draw for this movie (Nolan shot over a third of “The Dark Knight Rises” with IMAX cameras) should mean a boost in box office income, though it should be noted that “The Avengers” was released — but not shot — in 3D, so it also got a similar boost.

Which of these movies do you think will come out the box office winner? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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