“Dark Knight” Rising in the History Books

Sunday update: "Tropic Thunder" finally took in an estimated $26 million, according to Media By Numbers. "Dark Knight" took in $16.79 million, and now has a cumulative $471.9 million in domestic gross, surpassing "Star Wars," as expected. I’m travelling and missing some of my blogging tools, but wanted to weigh in with the latest of […]

Sunday update: "Tropic Thunder" finally took in an estimated $26 million, according to Media By Numbers. "Dark Knight" took in $16.79 million, and now has a cumulative $471.9 million in domestic gross, surpassing "Star Wars," as expected.

I’m travelling and missing some of my blogging tools, but wanted to weigh in with the latest of "Dark Knight’s" record-breaking journey:

The Warner Bros Batman movie is poised on Saturday to overtake "Star Wars" as the second highest grossing film of all time at the domestic box office. "Star Wars," first released in 1977, has taken in $460.9 million over the past 30 years. "The Dark Knight" is already at $459.6 million as of this morning, according to Media By Numbers, and will almost certainly surpass George Lucas‘s classic today.

In other news, "Tropic Thunder," the Ben Stiller comedy, will win the weekend with an estimated $24 million take at the box office. Quite a good showing, but this was no low-budget affair.

Here’s the historic list from Media By Numbers:
1. TITANIC PARAMOUNT $600,788,188 Fri, 12/19/97
2 STAR WARS** FOX $460,998,007 Wed, 5/25/77
3 THE DARK KNIGHT WARNER BROS. $459,608,000 * Fri, 7/18/08
4 SHREK 2 DREAMWORKS $436,471,036 Wed, 5/19/04