Can The Dark Knight Sink the Titanic’s Box Office Record?

The Dark Knight in IMAX

There have been a few films that fall under the category box office phenomenon. Sadly, Titanic stands at the top of the box office list. But if all things go according to fanboy plan, The Dark Knight may be the iceberg to the once unsinkable Leo Dicaprio ship.

The LA Times is reporting that distribution executives are starting to seriously debate whether or not The Dark Knight can take down the Titanic, which finished with a mind boggling $600.8 million dollars at the box office. The Dark Knight is set to pass the $400 million dollar mark by its 18th day, pretty impressive considering it took the much more family friendly Shrek 2 43 days to get to that mark.

“This has become a cultural phenomenon on so many levels” said IMAX Filmed Entertainment President, Greg Foster. “Even my dad has seen it three times.”

Can the Caped Crusader pull it off? Well, it has a demographic to match the drooling teenage girls who repeatedly viewed Titanic, the comic book fan. It has a memorable performance from Heath Ledger, like many felt Leo and Kate Winslet had, and it is only two weeks into its’ run. I think we may witness history.

If The Dark Knight knocks off Titanic, which would be incredible, I think it would only be fair for there to be a press conference on a building where Batman gets to drop Celine Dion off a building Salvatore Maroni style. Who’s with me?

You can read the rest of the Los Angeles Times article here.

Do you think The Dark Knight has enough steam to overtake Titanic?

Adam Sweeney has a background in journalism, having spent 4 years on the Lone Star Lutheran as an Opinions and Arts & Entertainment columnist. He graduated in May 2008 from Texas Lutheran University with a Dramatic Media degree and hopes to become a filmmaker/journalist/radio host/actor extraordinaire. He also writes film and play scripts and figures if Good Luck Chuck can make it to the big screen then why can't he? He can also be read at as a feature writer on all things basketball, and his personal blog covers everything from politics to why Keira Knightley is looking more like Jack Skellington every day. (

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