The Dark Knight has finally crossed the $1 billion worldwide mark! From Variety:
Warner Bros. made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying that the combined domestic and international gross had totaled $1,001,082,160 to date — about $533 million domestically and $567 million overseas.
“Knight” had been about $4 million short of the 10-figure mark when Warner Bros. re-released it into Imax screens on Jan. 23, the day after its eight Oscar nominations were announced. Grosses from Ecuador also helped nudge the Batpic over the mark, a spokeswoman said.
Only “Titanic,” with $1.8 billion, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” have topped the billion-dollar worldwide mark previously.
I have a feeling that the sequel, whenever it comes, will find it hard to reach this total, just like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End didn’t surpass Dead Man’s Chest. The huge amount of money The Dark Knight made was down to a number of factors, such as Heath Ledger’s death, strong word of mouth, and simply making a great movie. The same buzz that surrounded The Dark Knight may be hard to repeat next time round.