Although Labor Day weekend isn’t completely over, both Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” and Joss Whedon and Marvel’s “The Avengers” hit major box office milestones this Saturday and Sunday. According to The Hollywood Reporter “The Dark Knight Rises” hit $1.05 billion worldwide, surpassing “The Dark Knight’s” lifetime worldwide box office take of $1.03 billion to become the 13th film in history to meet the $1 billion mark. International ticket sales currently make up the majority of the film’s worldwide gross at $574 million, while the final installment in Nolan’s “Batman” saga sits at $431.2 million domestic.
Meanwhile, “The Avengers” is currently back in theaters for a limited engagement, and re-premiered on Friday, August 31 in select locations. While Joss Whedon’s record-breaking Marvel epic hadn’t technically left theaters, according to Box Office Mojo, the number of locations the film was available skyrocketed from 123 to 1,705 on August 31, allowing for an estimated $1.69 million weekend box office take domestically — incredibly impressive considering the previous weekend only saw a take of $115,335. The re-premiere was enough to place “The Avengers” 14th for the weekend (up from 39th the previous weekend) and pushed the film over the $1.5 billion mark worldwide. “The Avengers” will stay in select locations until September 6 and release on DVD/Blu-ray September 25.