The Dark Knight Passes Star Wars!

After four weeks as the #1 movie in the country, the reign of Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight finally came to an end, but not before it amassed enough money to pass the unadjusted gross of George Lucas’ 1977 sci-fi classic Star Wars to become the second-highest grossing movie domestically with an astounding five-week box office gross of $471.5 million! (Star Wars‘ unadjusted gross of $461 million included a number of re-releases since its debut thirty years ago.) While it has a long way to go if it wants to pass the long-held box office record of James Cameron’s Titanic, it’s more than likely The Dark Knight could become the second movie to ever make more than $500 million domestically. (Quite ironically, the continued success of Nolan’s Batman film knocked George Lucas’ new animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the first movie in the franchise to be distributed by Warner Bros., down to third place for the weekend as well.)

Internationally, The Dark Knight topped the box office with $42.4 million from 7,700 theaters in 60 markets. The movie has reached $328.6 million overseas for a combined worldwide total of $800.1 million, climbing to the 19th spot on the all-time worldwide blockbuster chart.

You can read’s full weekend box office wrap-up here.

Source: Box Office Mojo