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August 13, 2012

'The Dark Knight Rises' exceeds $800 million at worldwide box office

Concluding chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is now the 30th biggest movie ever

'The Dark Knight Rises' exceeds $800 million at worldwide box office

The Dark Knight Rises has passed the $800 million (£510 million) mark at the worldwide box office.

The concluding chapter of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy was released in the US, UK and many other international markets on July 20 - just three weekends ago. Last week (August 7), it became the second biggest movie of 2012 after passing the $716 million (£456 million) worldwide total of Ice Age: Continental Drift.

After another successful weekend at the box office, the Batman finale has now grossed more than $835 million (£533 million) worldwide, according to ComingSoon.net. That total is made up of $390 million (£249 million) in US receipts and a gross of $445 million (£284 million) overseas.

The Dark Knight Rises is now the 30th highest-grossing movie ever. However, its box office total remains behind the previous instalment in Nolan's Batman trilogy, 2008's The Dark Knight, which grossed a shade over $1 billion (£640 million) worldwide. At present, The Dark Knight Rises is grossing slower than its predecessor in the US, but compensating for the shortfall in international markets.

When asked last week (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." However, he also predicted that The Dark Knight Rises will outperform its predecessor worldwide and ultimately gross "way over $1billion".

Meanwhile, The Dark Knight Rises remains some way behind this year's biggest movie. Since its release in May, The Avengers has taken $1.46 billion (£930 million) at the worldwide box office, making it the third highest-grossing film ever.

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