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Monday, September 1, 2008

'The Dark Knight' breaks $500 million domestic

Sunday marked just the second time in history that a film has ever broken past the $500 million mark in North America, as Warner Brother's blockbuster The Dark Knight took in $8.7 million over the Friday to Sunday portion of Labor Day weekend, pushing its seven week cume to an unbelievable $502 million, the fastest any film has ever reached the mark. Budgeted at $185 million, the Christopher Nolan sequel has also amassed $416.7 million internationally, bringing its global take to $919.1 million. Only one other film has broken that mark domestic, 1997's Titanic with $600 million.

Debuting over the July 18th weekend with a record shattering $158.4 million, the Christian Bale starrer has shown remarkable legs in its march towards the quintuple century mark. Its global total now stands as the 10th highest in history. Look for the Caped Crusader to surge past the $1 billion mark worldwide by the end of its run.

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