Halo: The Movie vs. The Dark Knight

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Which movie would be the bigger box-office smash?

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  1. Typewriter

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    My brother and I were arguing for 15 minutes earlier about whether or not a Halo movie would beat out the Dark Knight at the box office - if it were to come out at all. He doesn't think it'll come even close. What do you all think? Halo or Batman?
     
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  2. TheNesMan

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    It wouldn't even touch Batman.
     
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  3. bomby139143

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    well, there are alot of halo fanboys out there. I think they would come pretty close. about every other teenage boy in america has halo...
     
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  4. LinksOcarina

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    Halo's biggest problem is that it's all about initial hype. Week one records, maybe, but I doubt it will reach $300 million in ten days like the Dark Knight did. Maybe over $100 million the first weekend, at best.
     
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  5. Chris_Crime

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    Wow, this is just like comparing Apples to The Dark Knight starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger which went on to gross over $300 million in just 10 days!

    It's just like that! How odd!

    I wouldn't go see the Halo movie out of pure spite of this very topic. Not a snowball's chance in hell :)
     
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  6. used44

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    Attention: The Dark Knight didn't do so well at the box office because of Batman fanboys. It is a great film that people want to see.

    A Halo movie would likely be purely for the fanboys.
     
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  7. De-Ting

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    Everyone knows Batman. Halo's popularity is built purely upon it's fanboys.

    So, Halo <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Batman.
     
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  8. The_Big_Cheese

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    Dark Knight hands down. It's audience transcends that of what Halo has.
     
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  9. malakian

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    Not a chance in a million years for halo, I'm afraid.
     
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  10. GRColin

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    The Dark Knight appeals to a much broader audience.

    Sure you may get the CS: Source and Halo kiddies to go see a Halo flick, but a good number of adults would most likely shrug it off as another video game turned movie adaptation unless it can shed that image. I'm sure it could if Peter Jackson was on board, but to break Dark Knight's box office draw? I doubt it.

    You have a globally recognized hero.
    An actor who turned in his best performance of his career (argueably).
    Said actor who passed away making it to be his last theatrical release.
    A sequel to one of the best action films of all time.

    Sure Halo may be a globally recognised video game, but how much depth can it actually have? How much can they examine the intricacies of the human psyche while maintaining the action all the Halo fanboys would want to see?

    They would have to toe a very fine line and pull of an artful master piece of film for it to beat the Dark Knight
     
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  11. Yokiro

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    I'm afraid the Halo movie will either end up with Cortana porn or it will star Sylvester Stallone and he'll take the helmet off within ten minutes of the movie starting and will ruin the rest of it by never putting it back on.
     
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  12. Hexagram

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    You've just got to ask yourself one simple question.

    Which has been more successful in the past; comic book movies or video game movies?
     
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    You are forgetting all the records that initial sales for Halo 2 and Halo 3 went for. The first 24 hours of the release for Halo 2 saw 2.4 million copies sold. In its first week, Halo 3 grossed $300 million.

    Granted this is for a game, not a movie. But let's look at the movie facts. Yes, Dark Knight is the highest grossing opening day out of any movies, but let's look what it beat. Spider-Man 3 (which was a piece of shit), Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (another piece of shit). Star Wars Episode 3 (Oh for crying out loud). It beat out the conclusions of three horrible series. I will agree Dark Knight is far superior to all three of those movies, but it is not unique.

    If you look at trends (every year sees a new biggest opening day), and knowing the strength of Halo, so long as they didn't make it a "video game movie" and instead made it a movie about the characters in the Halo universe, dealing with the issues of humanity being slowly exterminated against a horrible alien threat, the horror of the flood, and the strength of one man to face the onslaught, it would be an entertaining flick.

    As for the fanboys only comment, remember, people were saying that the only ones who were going to see Transformers were the fanboys, and that movie shot down those theories fast. How many girls that have never seen a transformers toy before the movie came out of it going "OMG, I LUV Transformers!"? Just check facebook or myspace if you don't believe me.

    And don't give me that "Uhh, only people who play Halo know Halo" BS. Everyone knows Halo. Between the product placement, the commercials, the records, and the fact that everyone has played the game, be it male or female, the game is popular. Yes, Batman has more name recognition with a more diverse crowd, but you cannot deny the cultural identity Master Chief has had on the world.
     
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  14. GRColin

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    The fact SM3 was crap really had nothing to do with it. Nobody knew it was crap going into it.

    And I will say it made that much because it's a video game. It sold for 69.99 in Canada, and 59.99 in the US. Comparing that to a ilm that costs anywhere from 6 to 13 dollars to see is a little unfair.

    Now as far as records go, sure it may beat the Dark Knight for highest opening day gross, but do more box office haul over the long run? I don't think it's very likely.

    Also, everyone has played Halo? That's a bit of a stretch. I played the demo for Halo 1 and twenty minutes of Halo 3. And I've played games since I was 6. There's a lot of people out there who have not played it, and have likely never heard of it.
     
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  15. The_Big_Cheese

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    2.4 million at lets say $10 a ticket is only $24 million. Now, if that was only the first day, it would be less on the second day and it would probably gross less than $75 million total in the first 3 days. Granted that it would be more than that if you consider 1 game per household wherein the tickets are sold to individuals. On that matter however, not everyone pays $10 a ticket.

    As far as other people that aren't fanboys, sure there will be some. But, video game movies are not as well received as comic book movies have grown to be in the last few years. Although if done right, a Halo movie could change that. Also, my parents as well as some of my friends' parents went to go see The Dark Knight and Transformers in theaters, but I can't see them going to see a Halo movie.
     
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    Just like Batman. Honestly, it wasn't even a great movie.

    Anyway, on to the question at hand. Unless as previously mentioned, Peter Jackson was on board and a proper, intelligent and adult Halo movie was made, there isn't much chance at all that it would beat out Dark Knight. Even with such ideal circumstances, there's only a tiny chance it would. A very tiny chance.
     
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    Thank you. Heath Ledger's death helped hype the movie. There are people who went to see this movie solely because it was his last role. It did the same thing for Lestat, or whatever that crappy vampire movie was called.

    If they market the movie as Starship Troopers + Doom, then no, I don't expect your parents to go see it. But if they market it as an action movie with plot, hell if they saw Transformers which was human story with the occasional giant robot fight on the side, then they would see Halo.
     
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  18. GRColin

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    No, it didn't.

    Queen of the Damned - Gross: $30,307,804

    I don't think many people saw that film at all, and there's probably more Anne Rice fans out there than people who even knew Aaliyah was in that film.
     
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    Sigh....There's never going to be a Halo movie, and if there is, It's most likely going to suck.
     
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  20. Brooks13

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    Man, I am sure glad Lord_Fornelius was here to inform us of that.

    The Dark Knight is a great MOVIE. That is why it recieved all the hype. That is why Heath Ledger may get an oscar nomination. It isn't because of his death, nor is it because of the popularity of the comic book. If that was true, Batman Returns should have made more than it did (162 Mil, Domestic)?

    That being said, a Halo movie has the possibility of doing well, if the movie was done with high cinematic standards, not just a quick video game adaptation featuring Vin Diesel (or whatever generic Vin-clone is popular today). I am not the biggest fan of Halo, but I do enjoy the story arc they used etc. It is up to the director and studio to make it a sucess. Anything is possible, especially with the American public.

    And I think Heath has another movie coming out next year, but I will check that.
     
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