The Dark Knight Approaches $400 Million

Dark Knight posterIn its third weekend of release, The Dark Knight took in an estimated $43.8 million, bringing its total domestic gross to an estimated $394.9 million.

The total was the second-best third-weekend in history: Spider-Man took in $45.0 million in its third weekend back in 2002.

In the process, The Dark Knight has surpassed the all-time grosses of several Star Wars films, as well as the comic-book hits as Spider-Man 3 ($336.5 million) and Spider-Man 2 ($373.6 million).

The Dark Knight is already less than $10 million — and about two days — away from passing Spider-Man ($403.7 million) and thus becoming the highest-grossing comic-book movie of all time.

The question is now how far The Dark Knight will climb the list of all-time domestic grosses. It currently stands in eighth place, but look certain to climb to at least second.

Less than $60 million separates second to seventh place. In second place is 1977′s Star Wars ($461.0 million, including re-releases), in third place is Shrek 2 ($441.2 million), and in third place is E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial ($435.1 million, including re-releases). Analysts expect The Dark Knight to surpass all of these, leaving only one stand-out: 1997′s Titanic ($600.8 million).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic book Martian Comics. He currently lives in Illinois.

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