TDK’s Ultimate Opponent: High School Musical 3?

August 18, 2008 at 11:13 am (Movies, The Way Earl Sees It)


At the beginning of the new year approximately 8 months ago, a lot of ideas were brought up of which movie would do the best in the following year. Some believed it might be Iron Man, some thought Indiana Jones 4, a few like myself were hoping that The Bucket List would make a huge success. As the bigger movies came out like Iron Man, new racers began to emerge as highest grossers. Many people expected great success out of it, plus success from the runner about a month later, Indy 4. However, I throughly believe no one expected the huge success that came from The Dark Knight. As I’ve stated earlier, it was estimated at maybe $70-$80 million opening, and it more than doubled it. The movie’s trailers were huge and promising, and it exceeded my expectations, something I didn’t expect to happen. I am in fact ashamed of thinking the movie wouldn’t be too good when hearing of all the big dramatic elements. However it proved to be a truly entertaining movie throughout, even in the parts most movies would bore you with. The Dark Knight has now settled in with approximately $500 million dollars in the United States, making it the second highest grossing movie of all time. This beats Iron Man and Indy 4, the summer’s next two closest competitors, by nearly $150 million. It would be safe to assume that TDK is going to be the highest grossing movie of the year, if not the decade, that is if it wasn’t for the tale of teenage angst that is High School Musical 3. DS and I were having a mundane conversation as we always do in Spanish class in the morning, and he believes that TDK will have a run for it’s money with High School Musical 3. The movie has a cult following for some reason, and proves to be entertaining after the 5700th viewing to little girls, teenage girls, younger parents, and some dudes. The series really just took off for Disney, and shows nearly every night on Disney Channel. The series has clothing, backpacks, pencils, food, drinks, etc. It’s absolutely insane how much endorsing this cash cow has. I personally believe the movie will score big at the box office, but this is the first time a big series like that from Disney has been pushed onto the big screen, so it’s hard to estimate how well it will do. However, I don’t think the movie is going to score as big as TDK. Mainly because HSM3 really just appeals to the female and younger audience. The Dark Knight appeals to nearly everyone that goes to see movies. Younger kids went to see it, maybe more would have went if not for the darker theme, plenty of teenagers went to see it (nearly everyone at my school has seen it and we mention it every day in Spanish one way or another), older audiences went to see it including adults, females went to see it with their boyfriends and wanted to see Ledger, and there’s the nerds who go see it more than once. High School Musical 3 will definitely score big, however in my opinion it will never reach the critical and commercial reached by TDK. I will be in Disneyworld the week before this bad boy opens, so I can imagine it’s going to be a huge deal there. I guess we’re just going to have to wait until the weekend of October 24th, more than a month away.


  1. twisted dragonshensei said,

    It’s going to be close. BTW, those two pics gave me an idea for a scary movie. The Joker comes into their school and slowly kills them off one by one. FIRST TO GO IS ZAC EFRON!HA HA HA HA!Joker grabs the little fagit, put a knife in his mouth and says those famous words,”why so serious?”

  2. The James said,

    here is the thing, while HSM is gonna appeal mostly to girls and man-ladies, you have to keep in mind all the females that will make their boyfriends take them. reluctant boyfriends will probably make up 1/3 of the tickets. Though I doubt it will actually beat TDK, it will be close.

    When I was at disney, they were doing a big HSM thing that I avoided like the plague….they are always doing a hsm thing there…its the greece of out generation. (though greece is better)

    well, either way it goes, just remember that we’re all in this togather.

    wait! did I just say that?! oh no…


  3. earlman27 said,


  4. The James said,

    its like a virus

  5. nolanator said,

    and there’s the nerds who go see it more than once.

    You calling me a nerd because I saw it twice?

  6. earlman27 said,

    I never said that. I’m a nerd. I don’t consider it a bad thing. I’m just saying that nerds will go see it more than once.

  7. The James said,

    nerds rule the world

  8. nolanator said,

    Who else can see James in Revenge of the Nerds 5: Nerds Online?

  9. The James said,

    dude…there are 5 revenge of the nerd movies?

    I must see all of them! (thought there was only 1)

  10. The James said,

    you know the dude who played “booger” in that movie, yeah, we share a birthday.

  11. nolanator said,

    Okay. There are only 4. I made up 5 for joke purposes.

  12. The James said,

    ah, I get it now

  13. nolanator said,

    Glad you finally did.

  14. The James said,

    High School Musical 3: Zac Effron comes out of the closet

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