Only the second movie (without inflation) to make it past the 500 million dollar mark. This is awesome. Good job to all involved.
‘Dark Knight’ swings past $500 million mark By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer
Sun Aug 31, 1:43 PM ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” Batman’s rich alter-ego Bruce Wayne has added half a billion dollars to his riches. “The Dark Knight” on Sunday became the second movie in Hollywood history to top $500 million at the domestic box office, raising its total to $502.4 million, according to estimates from distributor Warner Bros.
The film hit that mark in just over six weeks, half the time it took “Titanic,” which reached $500 million in a little more than three months. “Titanic,” the biggest modern blockbuster, remains No. 1 on the domestic charts with $600.8 million.
Despite its brisk pace, “The Dark Knight” is not expected to approach the total for “Titanic,” which put up smaller numbers week after week but lingered at the top of the box office for months.
Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros., said he expects “The Dark Knight” to finish at about $530 million, though it could reach $550 million if business persists as strongly as it has.
“I keep raising the number because it just keeps holding better than expected,” Fellman said.
“The Dark Knight” will climb to about $505 million by Labor Day, the conclusion of Hollywood’s busy summer season. That amounts to nearly one-eighth of Hollywood’s overall summer revenue of $4.2 billion, which edges the previous summer record of $4.18 billion set last year, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers.
Factoring in today’s higher admission prices, “The Dark Knight” would need to take in about $900 million to match the number of tickets sold by “Titanic.”
Labor Day weekend was generally sleepy at theaters, with a rush of new movies failing to find much favor with audiences. Through Sunday, Paramount’s comedy “Tropic Thunder” remained No. 1 for the third straight weekend with $11.5 million.
The 20th Century Fox sci-fi thriller “Babylon A.D.” with Vin Diesel debuted in second place with $9.7 million, while Overture Films’ espionage drama “Traitor,” starring Don Cheadle, opened at No. 5 with $7.9 million.
Premiering at No. 7 was Lionsgate’s spoof flick “Disaster Movie” with $6.2 million. MGM’s campus comedy “College” opened well outside the top 10 with $2.1 million.
The top 12 movies took in $75.2 million, down 23 percent from the same weekend last year, when “Halloween” opened with $26.4 million.
“This is kind of an inauspicious end to a really incredible summer,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. “We limped past the finish line.”
I’m glad that The Dark Knight has gone as far as it has and that its as high up on the top charts as it is. And that it wasn’t done because of some flashy movie like all the other movies that have been thought to maybe pass Titanic. If Titanic doesn’t get its crown done this time (as many people predict it won’t) it just shows that it will eventually fall. But, like I’ve read many times, Titanic was just the right movie at the right time. It’ll be a while before something like that happens.
On a quick side note, I’m just happy that stupid Shrek 2 isn’t in the top three anymore.