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Not even one of the worst mass shootings in America could stop Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” at the box office. After starting off slow (at least, for a film of this magnitude and anticipation), “The Dark Knight Rises” has continued to chug on along, mostly unnoticed by the masses until, seven weeks after its release, the film officially crossed the $1 billion dollar mark, making it the 12th movie all time, and only the 13th movie to surpass $1 billion in worldwide box office.
And the 13th movie on that list? Yup, Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, which eventually maxed out at $1.003 billion.
Now in its seventh week, there is a chance “Rises” could eventually pass Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” for 11th place. “Wonderland” currently sits at $1.024 billion, while George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” has #10 all to itself at $1.027 billion. Considering that “Rises” still has some presence at the box office (it made $6 million this weekend), who knows where it’ll eventually end up.
My guess is, you would have heard more about “The Dark Knight Rise” surpassing $1 billion if not for the theater shooting that took place during its debut. Even now, seven weeks later, crowing about “Rises'” box office by the studio may still come across as inappropriate.
And oh, in case you were wondering, Nolan is still trailing well behind Joss Whedon, whose superhero team-up “The Avengers” is currently sitting at #3 all-time with $1.5 billion.
Via : Box Office Mojo