Will the total domestic box office gross of The Dark Knight surpass 10-year record-holder Titanic? It’s not likely, but it is possible for the Batman sequel to end its theatrical run as the second-highest grosser in American history. This weekend, the film held strong, and early estimates predict it will once again be the weekend’s top movie at the box office (narrowly besting the panned Mummy sequel). This puts Dark Knight firmly in the Top 10 of all-time domestic grossers. Number 8, to be exact, with over $390 million. And, you can expect the film to be at Number 5 or 6 by this time next week.
Will it climb to Number One? That’s doubtful, given that the Titanic gross is a little over $600 million, which would mean that The Dark Knight needs to earn over $200 million more before it leaves theaters. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but I think a final cume of $500 million is probably what The Dark Knight should count on. The one-two punch of Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder will give the young male demographic something to do instead of paying to see Batman Vs. the Joker one more time. The reason those films pose a threat is because their reviews are actually good. The original Dark Knight threats, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, suffered from more than just long titles; they were ripped to shreds by word-of-mouth.
Meanwhile, from an international perspective, The Dark Knight is small-time. The film’s worldwide gross ($523 million) puts it at Number 53 this week on the list of all-time global box office. Even Iron Man and Indy 4 have done better overseas, though expect Dark Knight to beat the former, when this is all over. Guess who’s Number One in the world by a huge margin? That’s right, Titanic.