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Count Zarth
07-18-2008, 08:57 PM
Wow. Here I was last night hoping someone would offer me 100 bucks for my seat. Didn't think it was actually happening somewhere.

http://wcbstv.com/entertainment/dark.knight.tickets.2.774172.html

CraigsList Overflowing With Fans Desperate For Tickets

NEW YORK (CBS) ― With expectations that 'The Dark Knight' will soar into box office history this weekend, fans aren't holding back in their desire to see the most anticipated movie of the year.

Tickets are sold out just about everywhere in Manhattan for any showtime, leaving 'Batman' die-hards who want to see the flick forced to dish out top dollar for a showing.

CraigsList was flooded Friday with ads for buyers and sellers of weekend tickets. While most seem to be willing to spend around $50 for a ticket -- well above the $11 face value for many theaters -- others say they'll beat any offer as they expect theaters to be sold-out for an extended period of time.

"I'd shell out up to $150 per ticket," city resident Saad Jafri tells WCBSTV.com. He posted an ad on CraigsList offering to pay whatever it takes to see the film.

Of course, Jafri says there's some other motivation involved as well. "I've never seen anything you can text a girl that'll get her to respond with a 'YES!' to meeting up more promptly than, 'Dark Knight IMAX tonight. You in?'" he says.

Meanwhile, others are willing to spend top dollar simply because they can't wait any longer.

"I dont think it will be a few day wait, I think it will be a few weeks wait," said Brooklyn resident Jack Harari, who told WCBSTV.com he'd spend up to $100 for a ticket.

Harari posted an ad on CraigsList, but says the market is overflowing with people desperate for a ticket and not enough people selling them.

"Every date and time I plan on seeing the movie is sold out. However, I've noticed that most tickets that were bought in advance were not bought to be resold. They were bought by fans who genuinely want to see the movie," he says. "There is not a big resale market out there as there is for sporting events and concerts."

Hollywood experts say the demand nationwide will land this latest 'Batman' film among the biggest and best movies ever.

"There have only been in history 10 films that have opened with $100 million, and 'The Dark Knight' is poised to be one," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers.

The numbers tell the story.

"The Dark Knight" will be showing in 4,366 theaters in North America, on more screens than any movie ever.

More than 1,600 showtimes in 400 cities are sold out already.

And Fandango, one of the largest online ticket-sellers says "The Dark Knight accounted for 94 percent of all tickets sold this week.

"And some theaters are going to show this movie round-the-clock opening day. That's how much demand there is for this movie," Dergarabedian said.

Continuing the story set in motion with "Batman Begins" in 2005, this grimmer, darker sequel has Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, fighting his internal demons - and one in flesh and blood: The Joker.

"It's simple," the Joker says. "Kill the Batman."

"He's uncompromising as Batman is," said Christian Bale, who returns as Batman in this sequel. "But the problem is, Batman has rules and the Joker doesn't."

Heath Ledger plays the menacing, maniacal Joker, who says, "This town needs a better class of criminal, and I'm going to give it to them."

Ledger's last big Hollywood role before his death from an accidental overdose in January already is generating Oscar buzz and has fans buzzing with anticipation. Christopher Nolan directed "The Dark Knight."

"With Heath's portrayal of the Joker, though, it was apparent to everybody on the set that there was something very special going on with that performance," Nolan said.

With "The Dark Knight, it seems the sky's the limit.

El Jefe
07-18-2008, 09:07 PM
I would never spend anything over the face price on a ticket for any movie.

Count Zarth
07-18-2008, 09:12 PM
I would never spend anything over the face price on a ticket for any movie.

People with disposable income don't care.

Joie
07-18-2008, 09:12 PM
Oh my Hell. I don't even like paying full price to see movies. I usually go when AMC has $5 tickets.


You've seen the movie, Clayton. Is it worth shelling out more than face value?

Phobia
07-18-2008, 09:13 PM
I would never spend anything over the face price on a ticket for any movie.

I won't even pay that. I'll just watch it in my own theater.

Count Zarth
07-18-2008, 09:15 PM
Oh my Hell. I don't even like paying full price to see movies. I usually go when AMC has $5 tickets.


You've seen the movie, Clayton. Is it worth shelling out more than face value?

No movie is, IMO.

Deberg_1990
07-18-2008, 09:17 PM
Dumb.

Just wait a few days when the crowds die down.

sedated
07-18-2008, 09:18 PM
patience is a virtue. do people get a prize for seeing that movie this weekend?

Joie
07-18-2008, 09:19 PM
No movie is, IMO.

Kind of what I was thinking. I enjoy going to the theater, but it's already too damn expensive without paying even more. The movie will still be there in a few weeks.

Guru
07-18-2008, 09:44 PM
Damn people are just plain STUPID!!!

I generally pick one or two movies per year to actually spend full price on. The rest I go to the $2 theater for or wait for DVD/BD.

Count Zarth
07-18-2008, 09:50 PM
Damn people are just plain STUPID!!!

I generally pick one or two movies per year to actually spend full price on. The rest I go to the $2 theater for or wait for DVD/BD.

Movies I have seen in the theater this year:

Cloverfield
Rambo
10,000 BC
Iron Man
Indiana Jones
Hulk
Wall-E
Hellboy II
Dark Knight

Movies I will see in the theater:

Journey to the Center of the Earth
X-Files
Mummy 3
Clone Wars
Tropic Thunder (maybe if it gets good reviews)
Death Race (if it gets good reviews)
Quantum of Solace
Harry Potter

HOLY SHIT!!!

Joie
07-18-2008, 09:53 PM
The only one of those I've seen is Indiana Jones. There's a good chance I'll see Harry Potter, too.


I have seen several movies in the theater this year, but I'm not prepared to make a list of them.

chiefs1111
07-18-2008, 09:54 PM
wow,the stupidity of some people is just mind blowing.... 150 dollars???? I wonder if any of the people that payed the money ended up being disappointed by the movie cause that would be funny....

Count Zarth
07-18-2008, 09:56 PM
Last year:

Die Hard IV
Spidey 3
Pirates 3
Ocean's 13
Transformers
Harry Potter
Water Horse
AvP :D
I am Legend
Hitman :(
No Country For Old Men
There Will be Blood
We Own The Night
3:10 To Yuma
The Bourne Ultimatum

HOLY SHIT AGAIN!

The only one of those I've seen is Indiana Jones. There's a good chance I'll see Harry Potter, too.


I have seen several movies in the theater this year, but I'm not prepared to make a list of them.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/releasedates.php

sedated
07-18-2008, 09:56 PM
150 dollars????

I could get 4 fat toothless chicks to suck my wong for that kinda cash

chiefs1111
07-18-2008, 09:56 PM
Im looking forward to seeing the new X files as well,I didnt hink the first movie was to bad...

chiefs1111
07-18-2008, 09:59 PM
I could get 4 fat toothless chicks to suck my wong for that kinda cash

you would seriously think people could think of a lot better things to do with 150 dollars other than spending it on a movie... Think of all the booze you could buy with that.... lol

Guru
07-18-2008, 10:05 PM
Im looking forward to seeing the new X files as well,I didnt hink the first movie was to bad...

I enjoyed the first one as well. The series itself was better though.

Very glad this movie is a stand alone that does not require you to know the history behind the two though.

Joie
07-18-2008, 10:05 PM
http://www.darkhorizons.com/releasedates.php

Thanks.

2008:

The Spiderwick Chronicles
Vantage Point
Penelope
Horton Hears a Who
Nim's Island
Baby Mama
Speed Racer (only saw half...was at drive-in and it started storming)
Indiana Jones


Can't tell I like to take the kids to the movies, can you?

RustShack
07-18-2008, 10:05 PM
My roomate is the manager at our movie theatre, I get in free when hes working. When he isn't he gives me coupons he has so the movie only cost $1.. its a pretty nice place too, 12 screens I believe, one ultra screen. I've never even heard of Marcus Theaters until I moved here.

Joie
07-18-2008, 10:14 PM
2007:

Firehouse Dog
Harry Potter
Bee Movie
Martian Child
Enchanted
I Am Legend (technically saw on Jan 7, 2008)
The Water Horse

sedated
07-18-2008, 10:18 PM
Speed Racer (only saw half...was at drive-in and it started storming)

storming?

i.e. = you were getting too wet?

Joie
07-18-2008, 10:19 PM
storming?

i.e. = you were getting too wet?

No...It was raining so hard that we were having trouble seeing the screen. Plus, we had the kids with us and it was getting late.

thurman merman
07-19-2008, 12:52 AM
that is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard. i go to the palace in springfield for most movies. two dollars and fifty cents.

Fruit Ninja
07-19-2008, 01:27 AM
My roomate is the manager at our movie theatre, I get in free when hes working. When he isn't he gives me coupons he has so the movie only cost $1.. its a pretty nice place too, 12 screens I believe, one ultra screen. I've never even heard of Marcus Theaters until I moved here.

In my early 20's my friend was the main boss at the one here and they would have huge basically parties inside that would last pretty much all night. Watching movies drinking and smoking weed. Had a blast, the janitors would even be drinking beers with everyone. Was a sad sad day when he got a better job. lol

DaneMcCloud
07-19-2008, 01:34 AM
that is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard. i go to the palace in springfield for most movies. two dollars and fifty cents.

I wanna party with you, madman

thurman merman
07-19-2008, 01:47 AM
I wanna party with you, madman

hey, you'll have plenty of money leftover for more parties, if you don't spend 150 dollars for one movie. i can watch, what, 60 movies at the palace for that price?

Count Zarth
07-19-2008, 01:55 AM
hey, you'll have plenty of money leftover for more parties, if you don't spend 150 dollars for one movie. i can watch, what, 60 movies at the palace for that price?

The problem with Springfield is the regular theater (wherenberg) isn't much better than that cheap theater.

There's no way I'd sit in some dive theater given the opportunity to attend one of the nice theaters around here. ESPECIALLY if the movie is being shown in DLP.

My only real regret over the new Batman was that - it wasn't shown in DLP. Instead we got Journey to the Center of the Earth in DLP.

Dane, are there any theaters out in LA that show everything in DLP?

Guru
07-19-2008, 02:00 AM
topeka has two really crappy theaters. Hence, why I wait for the cheap theater option of DVD. I am not driving to KC for movies unless it is the only place I can go to see a movie. i.e. U23D

KChiefer
07-19-2008, 02:51 AM
Anyone paying 150 to see a movie deserves to have Dr J sitting in front of them.

Guru
07-19-2008, 03:11 AM
Anyone paying 150 to see a movie deserves to have Dr J sitting in front of them.

ROFL

OnTheWarpath58
07-19-2008, 03:54 AM
Retarded.

Hell, finding a ticket here in STL hasn't been a problem.

The wife and I got tickets last night around 8:30 for the 7:10 showing tonight, on a DLP Mega Screen. Tickets were still availabe for the 10:40 tonight as well.

Valiant
07-19-2008, 06:32 AM
Did anyone actually fork out the money??? I just read that they would.. Tons of people will say shit that they never will do..

StcChief
07-19-2008, 08:19 AM
My roomate is the manager at our movie theatre, I get in free when hes working. When he isn't he gives me coupons he has so the movie only cost $1.. its a pretty nice place too, 12 screens I believe, one ultra screen. I've never even heard of Marcus Theaters until I moved here.
I don't go my kid goes hasn't paid in years...