Dark Knight surpasses $1 billion worldwide, joins elite club

The Dark Knight has become the fourth film to take in more than $1 billion in worldwide box office, Variety reported.

Warner Brothers made the announcement last week, saying that the combined domestic and international gross had totaled $1,001,082,160 to date—about $533 million domestically and $567 million overseas.

Dark Knight had been about $4 million short of the 10-figure mark when Warner 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 movie over the mark, a spokeswoman told the trade paper.

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.

Dark Knight also is the second-highest domestic grosser of all time, trailing only Titanic.

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