The Dark Knight Rises opens on 1 Sept.

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The much anticipated movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ the thrilling conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga opens in local theatres on 1 September at the Majestic City Platinum Cinema, Liberty Lite and Mekala Gampala. The film has been brought to Sri Lanka by Liberty Lands and Development Pvt. Ltd.

The third Batman movie currently occupies the number one spot at the international box office. On Sunday, Warner Bros, reported that the movie has crossed US$ 500 million mark internationally after grossing another US$ 15.3 million 62 markers and 6,900 screens. The international income is said to be US$ 519 million and the worldwide total US$ 941 million.

The Dark Knight Rises’ has now become the highest-grossing film of the year-to-date in the UK, just topping ‘The Avengers’ $80.56 million with its own $82.1 million. As of Monday, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ top-grossing international territories also included Australia ($41.9 million), France ($32.2 million), Germany ($30.7 million) and Brazil ($25.5 million). It opens in China today and Italy on Wednesday.

The Dark Knight Rises’ premiered in New York City on 16 July and was released in Australia and New Zealand on 19 July and in North America and the United Kingdom on 20 July.

The story for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is set eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes in ‘The Dark Knight.’ It sees the caped crusader resurface to protect a city that brands him an enemy as a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest.

Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good.  For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda.  Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile.  But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

The film sees Christian Bale returning to the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman alongside the regulars, Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) and Alfred (Michael Caine). Newcomers to Nolan’s trilogy include Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Tom Hardy as Bane.

The screenplay is written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer.  The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on ‘Batman Begins’ and the record-breaking blockbuster ‘The Dark Knight’.  The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics.The conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy is now sitting at a worldwide cumulative of US$ 941, 18 million, well on its way to hit that colossal US$ 1 billion plateau. The two previous Dark Knight instalments, ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ ended their theatrical runs at US$ 372,710,015 and US$ 1,001,921,825 global totals, respectively.