‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Achieves $1 Billion In Worldwide Ticket Sales

The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan’s final entry in his epic Batman trilogy, has officially made $1 billion at the worldwide box office, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Caped Crusader’s latest cinematic adventure is only the thirteenth movie in history to make this much money. Somewhere in Hollywood, Warner Bros. executives are doing the happy dance.

Although the film enjoyed a domestic haul of $431.2 million, The Dark Knight Rises made an impressive $574 million at the foreign box office. Just this weekend, Christopher Nolan’s flick had a strong showing in China, earning an estimated $28.5 million and placing second at the box office. Overall, the film generated an additional $46.4 million in 64 territories, according to THR.

The Dark Knight Rises is certainly in good company. A quick look at the numbers at Box Office Mojo shows that the second installment in the series, The Dark Knight, has also earned a little over $1 billion worldwide. Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, meanwhile, trails pretty far behind with only $372 million in worldwide ticket sales.

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, another box-office giant released earlier this summer, has left its own sizable mark on the worldwide box office. Since it’s release last May, the film has generated a staggering $1.5 billion, much to the endless joy of both Disney and Marvel. Since Whedon apparently knows what he’s doing, it’s no surprise that the studio has asked him to come back for the inevitable sequel. The film may come to fruition sometime in 2015.

Although The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have generated a serious amount of Hollywood cash, their achievements pale in comparison to those attained by director James Cameron. His sci-fi effort Avatar, which sits at the top the worldwide pile, has earned a whopping $2.7 billion. Cameron’s other feature, the 1997 romantic disaster flick Titanic, made $2.1 billion around the world.

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