'Star Wars: Phantom Menace' Crosses $1 Billion Mark at Box Office

"Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace"
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Jedi Knights Qui-Gon (Liam Neeson) and Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) battle Sith Lord Darth Maul.

The pic soon will overtake "The Dark Knight" to become the No. 10 grosser of all time.

George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace has crossed $1 billion in worldwide box office with 20th Century Fox's rerelease of the film in 3D.

It's the first individual Star Wars title to join the $1 billion club.

Since opening worldwide less than two weeks ago, Phantom Menace has earned $73.4 million, pushing its cume to $1,000.4 billion through Wednesday.

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And it's only $1.5 million from matching and then overtaking The Dark Knight ($1,001.9 million) to become the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time, not accounting for inflation.

The Phantom Menace rerelease has earned $35.8 million domestically and $37.6 million internationally. It is the 11th film to earn $1 billion or more globally.

Fox also is celebrating an Alvin and the Chipmunks milestone: The third entry in the series, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, has grossed $200 million in Latin America, a franchise best. The threequel has grossed $326.4 million worldwide.