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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  • Sugreev2001

    Great news for us Superhero movie fans.

  • Person

    And here’s the Top 10 highest grossing films of all time worldwide (in ***MILLIONS).

  • ScaredForMovies

    Seeing Tranformers 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 in the Worldwide top 10 makes me want to barf. C’mon people!

    • ScaredForMovies

      Oh God it’s Pirates 4 not 3. Ouch.

    • nyaa

      And how exactly is let’s say Avengers any different from those films? The same kind of overblown and hollow effects spectacle that you don’t feel anything before, during or after watching it.

      • ScaredForMovies

        I found the Avengers to be entertaining and witty. I also didn’t get bored and it was faithful to the source material. The humour in Transformers 3 was juvenile and Bay wiped his butt with the source material. It was also painfully long and the word overkill comes to mind. I cared for the characters in Avengers. In Transformers they were so paper thin it was laughable. There was more character development in the 1986 animated movie then in all 3 of Bays movies combined. As for Pirates I enjoyed the first one but they should have stopped there. The sequels were subpar.

      • ScaredForMovies

        I know a few people thought Avengers was overrated but I found it to be entertaining and witty. You actually cared about the characters and the project was fairly true to the source material. In Transformers 3 on the other hand Bay wiped his butt with the source material, it was way too long, and the character development was paper thin. The 1986 Transformers animated movie had more character development then all 3 of Bays movies combined. As for Pirates I found the first one to be entertaining but the sequels were inferior and a little boring.

    • ScaredForMovies

      Double posted again! Thanks Collider

  • Strong Enough

    Amazing how one superhero can do Avengers numbers which has like 5 superheroes in it.

    Nolan is a brand now. especially when his last movie inception made more money than Iron Man 2 that year :)

    • DEEP

      Yeah you are absolutely right. He is brand.

    • Dexter

      Someone REALLY loves living inside Christopher Nolan’s anal cavity.

    • dogg

      Nolan is a damaged brand AFAIC. TDK was the last good movie he made. Inception and TDKR were full of convenient twists and glaring plot holes. TDKR added horrible technical issues on top of that, with Bane’s voice obviously overdubbed to the point I never once believed it came from him, and the music drowning out everything–even explosions. I’m sick of everyone giving Nolan a pass on this sh!t.

    • Thundersauresrex

      Lets be straight here Strong…we understand that you love the taste of Nolan’s ejaculation but as I am a person who puts Dark Knight and Iron man 1 on the same level… TDKR didn’t make the same numbers and not extremely close either as Avengers. PLUS if you are gunna use the argument that it TOOK 5 HEROES to do Avengers numbers RISES is Batman’s 3rd outting which should have had a pull on that property but it couldn’t even bypass it’s second film…not to mention world wide those movies didnt even get close to touching Avengers.
      I am a huge fan of Nolan. Insomnia, Batman Begins (which i think isn’t this GREAT holy grail movie everyone makes it out to be, it’s a pretty unoriginal origin story with a flimsy bad guy.) I did enjoy prestige and Dark Knight was good but again way over hyped. My second and third go round with inception have left me bored and turning it off part way through and Rises was riddled with bad writing plot holes that Nolan thinks he can get away with all audiences cause fanboys like you don’t care.
      Avengers may have not been this SPRAWLING epic (But neither are the batman films.) that was something that Joss Whedon never set out to do. It was fun. the story was tight and fast moving. it got going and then got done with some good laughter, amazing action and good setups for the new movies that will be coming out in the coming years. A lot of good stuff is coming out of the Marvel movies so the total disregard of Marvel Movies is dumb and juvenile.
      batman films are not sprawling epics. And the first one to be dripping with grime and set in reality is also a laugh! the sets were noticeable. then you have the the poison scare gas exploding out of all teh sewers in the city and a group of “ninja’s” the ascend onto a city to burn it to the ground. an entire CITY. It’s a comic book movie. as is Iron man. As is avengers….stop over hyping it cause you wanna see if Chris Nolan’s man juice tastes like gold.

      • Strong Enough

        you mad bro? And TDKR did make more than The Dark Knight LMAOOO!

      • Snakebitey

        Why do you like nolan so much Strong enough? he doesn’t even know how to do 3D? His movies are ok like the batman ones but inception had a bad ending.

      • Snakebitey

        and I dont think hes mad. ive read when hes mad before. its funny

  • cloud720

    And to think Avengers would have had the number two spot if it wasn’t for Titanic 3D.
    They should put the deleted scenes back into the movie and try to squeeze out another 40 million.

  • terry

    TDKR was terrible. A filmed by the numbers crapfest.
    Sh** happened at the right time. Catwoman just knew how to use the bat bike. Wayne escaped that dudgeon and made it back to Gotham, all smiles and met CW on the bridge. Give me a fucking break. The movie was wash out for me. Hated it!!!!!
    Nolan took the cheap way out. Made a fist full of money though.

    • Patrick

      Bitter Terry? Talk about a total misreading.

    • dogg

      Don’t forget Wayne’s broken back getting insta-healed Karate Kid style. Everyone’s just gonna give Nolan a pass on that? OK, whatever…
      TKNR sucked.

      • Dan

        Didn’t know a dislocated vertebrae was the same thing as a broken back Dr. dogg. Very grateful that you have used this forum to offer up your medical expertise.

      • Sweekerie

        @Dan — protruding 2 vertebrae on the back shouldn’t be considered as broken? well I hope you’re not in the medical field.

  • Bayne

    It’s not the money we need, but the money we deserve.

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