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Box Office Milestone: 'Dark Knight Rises' Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

Dark Knight Rises Alfred with Bruce Wayne Still - H 2012
Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.' superhero pic becomes only the 13th pic in history to hit that number.

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is a billion dollar baby.

From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the superhero tentpole has now grossed $431.2 million domestically and an estimated $574 million internationally for a total $1.005 billion through Sunday.

That's slightly ahead of The Dark Knight, which topped out at $1.003 billion worldwide in 2008.

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The big difference -- Dark Knight Rises has done more business overseas, and less domestically, than Dark Knight, which grossed $533 million in North America and $469.7 million internationally.

Many believe that Dark Knight Rises has left some money on the table in the U.S. because of the Aurora theater shootings during a midnight screening of the film on July 20.

Nevertheless, the movie is enormously successful and becomes only the 13th film in history to reach $1 billion, two of which (James Cameron's Titanic and Avatar) have surpassed $2 billion.