Heath Ledger as the Joker
No argument: The Dark Knight
is Hollywood's brightest light.
The Batman adventure, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger
, shattered another box-office benchmark this weekend – reaching beyond the $300 million mark in a mere 10 days.
The movie grossed $75.6 million in its second weekend in theaters, bringing its North American box-office total to $314,245,000, Warner Bros. head of distribution Dan Fellman tells the Associated Press.
The number breaks the record established by 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
, which hit $300 million after 16 days.
Fellman says Dark Knight
could conceivably reach the $400-million mark in about 18 days – placing it ahead of Shrek 2
's 43-day record in 2004.
Hold on to your life preservers – The Dark Knight
might also surpass 1997's Titanic
as the highest-grossing film in U.S. history, according to Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers. That sinking-ship saga, starring Leonardo Di Caprio
, made $600,788,188 domestically.
Rounding out this weekend's top five at the box office were Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Step Brothers
, with an estimated $30 million; Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!
, $17.9 million; David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in The X-Files: I Want to Believe
, $10.2 million; and Brendan Fraser in Journey to the Center of the Earth
, $9.4 million.