Heath Ledger as the Joker (sitting) and Christian Bale as Batman, in The Dark Knight
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Chalk up another record for The Dark Knight
. Having hit the $300-million mark after only 10 days
of release, the Batman adventure can now claim title to $400 million at the box office in only 18 days – the fastest pace ever, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday.
Jeff Goldstein, general sales manager for the film company, said the movie, starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger
, sliced in half the amount of time it took the previous record to hit $400 million. Shrek 2
, in 2004, crossed that line after 43 days in release, the Associated Press reports.
In terms of overall performance, The Dark Knight
already ranks No. 8 among all-time box-office hits, though it is expected to climb to No. 7 on Tuesday, bypassing the original 2002 Spider-Man
, which made $403.7 million.
The Dark Knight
also holds the distinction of being the top-grossing comic-book adaptation in history. Still ahead of it in terms of overall U.S. box-office performance are (in ascending order): Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
, $423.4 million; Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
, $431.1 million; E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial
, $435 million; Shrek 2
, $437.2 million; Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
, $461 million; and Titanic
, $601 million.