'Dark Knight' passes $1 billion

Batman sequel ranks No. 4 in all-time worldwide grosses

So what if "The Dark Knight" wasn't nominated for a best picture Oscar?

Warner Bros. announced Friday that Christopher Nolan's Batman saga has crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide revenues, having accumulated a $1,001,082,160 billion gross to date.

With eight Oscar noms in its column, the film, from Warners and Legendary Pictures, currently ranks as the fourth highest worldwide grosser of all time, just below the No. 3 film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and No. 2 "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

The record-setting "Titanic" reigns atop the list with more than $1.8 billion.

Since its release in July, "Knight" also has become Warners' highest grossing film worldwide as well as the second-highest-grossing film domestically of all time. In its Imax release, it ranks as the largest 2-D digitally remastered Imax release of all time in both the domestic market with $49.6 million and worldwide with a gross of $64.9 million.

"From our initial record-shattering opening weekend to the unprecedented momentum of the film's boxoffice run, we could not be more proud of 'The Dark Knight's' unparalleled success," said Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman. "We salute our filmmakers, cast and crew on making cinematic history."

"Chris Nolan has taken the Batman franchise to a new level internationally," added international distribution president Veronika Kwan-Rubinek. "Audiences around the world have really embraced 'The Dark Knight,' which has more than doubled the gross of any of the prior films in the franchise."
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