‘Dark Knight Rises’ Passes $1 Billion Mark

The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Rises has indeed risen. Just one day after The Avengers officially hit the $1.5 billion mark at the box office — thanks to a Labor Day re-release — the summer’s other big superhero tentpole, The Dark Knight Rises passed $1 billion, according to Hollywood.com President of Box Office Paul Dergarabedian.

Fans of The Dark Knight who criticized the franchise’s finale for being an underwhelming, if ambitious, film may be surprised to see that The Dark Knight Rises surpassed its critically acclaimed 2008 predecessor. (The Dark Knight hit $1.0003 billion, while The Dark Knight Rises inched ahead to $1.005 billion.)

Warner Bros. claims The Dark Knight Rises is only the 11th film to hit the respectable mark — but is it really? Official charts count re-released fare like Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, which would make The Dark Knight Rises the 13th film added to the list.

The Dark Knight Rises has to thank overseas box office for its placement — the film nabbed $574 million across the pond compared to the $431.2 million at home. Conversely, The Dark Knight grossed more in the U.S. ($533 million) than overseas ($469.7 million). Your move, Iron Man 3.

[Image Credit: Warner Bros.]


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