BOX OFFICE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Surpasses $1 Billion Worldwide

BOX OFFICE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Surpasses $1 Billion Worldwide

Christopher Nolan's epic conclusion to his Dark Knight Trilogy has officially passed $1 billion worldwide, becoming only the 13th film in history to do so and grossing slightly more than 2008's The Dark Knight. Hit the jump for more details.

After about a month and a half in theaters, Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight Rises has officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Christopher Nolan-directed superhero epic has now grossed $431.2 million domestically and approximately $574 million internationally, for a total of $1.005 billion through Sunday. This is slightly more than The Dark Knight's $1.0003B worldwide gross. The third and final installment in Nolan's Batman trilogy is officially the 13th film in history to surpass $1B (11th without being re-released), and only the third comic book movie to do so.

The biggest difference between the intake of The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight is that the former has been more successful overseas, but not quite as successful at the domestic box office as the latter. The Dark Knight made $533M in North America and $469.7M internationally during its theatrical run. Many believe that TDKR didn't make quite as much money in the United States due to the tragic Aurora theater shootings on July 20th.

The only other film to gross $1B worldwide this year is Marvel's The Avengers, which today has surpassed $1.5B, becoming the third highest grossing film of all time.

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