Worldwide Box Office Records: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Passes $1 Billion While THE AVENGERS Hits $1.5 Billion

     September 2, 2012


The summer movie season has now come to a close, but a couple of this summer’s biggest hits are making major moves on the all-time box office record charts.  Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises has now passed the $431.1 million mark domestically and stands at an impressive $1.005 billion worldwide, while Joss Whedon’s The Avengers sits at $619.5 million domestically and a whopping $1.501 billion worldwide.  Obviously 3D ticket prices have accounted for a share of The Avengers’ box office take, but one and a half billion dollars is nothing to scoff at.

For those keeping score at home, The Avengers now holds the number 3 spot on the domestic box office chart just behind James Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar, while The Dark Knight Rises has entered the Top 10 at number 9.  Hit the jump to take a look at the current domestic and worldwide Top 10 lists, which shows that The Avengers is just under $40 million short of eclipsing Titanic for the number 2 spot.

avengers-movie-posterPer Box Office Mojo, here’s the Top 10 highest grossing films of all time domestically (in millions):

  1. 1. Avatar - $760,507,625
  2. 2. Titanic – $658,672,302
  3. 3. The Avengers – $619,545,000
  4. 4. The Dark Knight – $533,345,358
  5. 5. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $474,544,677
  6. 6. Star Wars – $460,998,007
  7. 7. Shrek 2 – $460,998,007
  8. 8. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - $435,110,554
  9. 9. The Dark Knight Rises – $431,196,000
  10. 10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $423,315,812

And here’s the Top 10 highest grossing films of all time worldwide (in billions).  The Dark Knight Rises currently holds the number 12 spot.

  1. 1. Avatar – $2,782.3
  2. 2. Titanic – $2,185.4
  3. 3. The Avengers – $1,501.8
  4. 4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – $1,328.1
  5. 5. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – $1,123.7
  6. 6. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – $1,119.9
  7. 7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $1,066.2
  8. 8. Toy Story 3 – $1,063.2
  9. 9. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – $1,043.9
  10. 10. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – $1,023.3


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