'The Dark Knight Rises' breaks $1 billion worldwide

And it's now outperformed 2008's 'The Dark Knight' at the global box office

'The Dark Knight Rises' breaks $1 billion worldwide

The Dark Knight Rises has now grossed more than $1 billion (£630 million) worldwide.

As of yesterday (September 2), the concluding chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy had earned $431 million (£272 million) in US cinemas and $574 million (£362 million) internationally for a global total of $1.005 billion (£634 million), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It has now outperformed the previous instalment in Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight, which took $1.003 billion (£632 million) worldwide in 2008. The trilogy opener, Batman Begins, topped out at $372 million (£235 million) in 2005.

Despite its superior global total, The Dark Knight Rises remains around $100 million (£63 million) adrift of The Dark Knight at the American box office. When asked last month (August 5) whether the film's US performance had been affected by the Colorado shootings, Warner Bros executive Jeff Goldstein said: "There's no doubt about it."

The Dark Knight Rises is only the 13th film in history to cross the $1 billion mark. Just two movies, 2009's Avatar and 1997's Titanic, both directed by James Cameron, have gone on to gross over $2 billion (£1.26 billion).

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