February 21, 2009
It's not going to snag 11 Oscars, but The Dark Knight-Christian Bale and all-is nipping at Titanic's heels in the court of public opinion.
The 2008 blockbuster has surpassed $1 billion at the worldwide box office, Warner Bros. announced late Friday.
According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the critically acclaimed Caped Crusader sequel-which actually could win eight Academy Awards on Sunday-is now in fourth place on the list of all-time box office grosses, behind only Titanic ($1.84 billion), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1.12 billion) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion).
The Dark Knight is currently sitting pretty with $1.001 billion, while the fifth-place Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is way back there with $974.7 million.
$533.1 million of that billion-plus sum was grossed in U.S. theaters, while $468 million was raked in overseas.
Warner Bros.' News comes along with the announcement that The Dark Knight is also now the top-grossing 2-D IMAX release of all time, with $64.9 million grossed worldwide