The combination of Batman, Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale does it again and add their second “Dark Knight” tale to the Top 10 all-time list. This marks the first franchise to have a film with the same star and director in the Top 10. “Star Wars” and “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” marks the only other franchise in the Top 10, but George Lucas is the only holdover from those films.
With its recent weekend take, “The Dark Knight Rises” has now earned $423,088 million — good enough for the 10th spot on the All-Time highest domestic gross list.
It will easily overcome the #9 film – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which has $423,315 million – in a matter of days and should clear the #8 film – “E.T.,” which has $435 million.
The more interesting challenge will be overtaking the #7 film — “Shrek 2,” which has $441 million (or an $18 million lead). There’s little worth seeing for audiences and with no more highly anticipated summer movies left as we head to September, look for “The Dark Knight Rises” to soar past “Shrek 2″ and take the #7 spot.
It has very little chance of beating out “Star Wars” for the sixth spot as the kick-off to George Lucas’ sci-fi epic stands at $460 million — a $37 million gap for “TDKR,” but that’s still impressive especially when you consider outside factors such as the nationwide scare in theaters after the Colorado tragedy and the record-breaking ratings of the Summer Olympics helping to keep audiences home for a period.
On the worldwide front, “The Dark Knight Rises” is closing in on a billion dollars with $942 million for the #17 spot. It trails its predecessor, “The Dark Knight,” which is #12 and has a gross of $1,003 billion.