The Dark Knight Rises has joined an exclusive club of films to break the $1b mark, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film recently enjoyed a big push in Asia.
The pantheon of billion-dollar films represents a high target for all films, but if any franchise were to break down its gold-plated Hollywood doors, it would have been Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. The final incarnation, The Dark Knight Rises has now grossed $431.2 million domestically and an estimated $574 million internationally for a total $1.005 billion, which lands the film in some high company. The film has been hugely successful internationally, doing especially well in China, which has allowed it to surpass its predecessor, The Dark Knight, which grossed $533 million in North America and $469.7 million internationally, giving it a total of £1.003b. It is thought the controversial shooting surrounding the Dark Knight premiers have affected it's box office receipts.
Elsewhere in the billion-dollar film club lurk some mammoth titles, with James Cameron being the clubs president. His two films, Titanic and Avatar have actually surpassed the $2b mark, setting them aside (financially at least) from every other film to break the prestigious barrier. The Avengers has also proved to be a huge success, harvesting an impressive $1.5b worldwide, and making it the third most successful film of all time. The Avengers 2 is surely set to challenge Nolan for his $2b crown.