US fans of Batman are prepared to pay an astonishing $150 to see 'The Dark Knight Rises' at a midnight screening on its release date, over 10 times face value.
Anticipation for Christopher Nolan's latest movie featuring the superhero is huge, and it seems opportunists have taken advantage and bought up tickets for the earliest screenings, only to offer them for sale on sites like Craigslist.
Speculation has been feverish about what will happen in the movie, with some thinking Christian Bale's Batman could be killed by Tom Hardy's Bane.
Screencrush.com reports that the practice is rife on eBay, although cinemas say resold tickets are invalid. Short of rigidly enforcing festival-like security however, it is difficult to see how multiplexes will enforce this.
Ticket touting is more understandably common place in relation to sport and music events - where the chance to see a team or band at a particular venue is a one off opportunity, and you can't just turn up at your local multiplex or an IMAX and watch the movie the following week.
What the punters get other than bragging rights to friends that they saw the movie first is unclear, especially given that the price is so extraordinary. However when a film has this much expectation placed on it, anything is evidently possible.
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