Holy Bat-box office!

“The Dark Knight” continues its assault on existing box-office records. This weekend, the “Batman Begins” sequel took in another $75.2 million in ticket sales, raising its total U.S. grosses to $313.8 million.

That makes it the fastest film to $300 million (besting the third “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie by a couple of days), and its second-week “take” was the best in history. The film has already overtaken the previous 2008 champ, “Iron Man,” and easily bested the weekend’s second-place film, the comedy “Step Brothers.” And at this rate, it should be well on its way to $400 million by this weekend.

However, this weekend it faces it first real cinematic “test” — the third “Mummy” movie, “Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.” That film is expected to knock “Dark Knight” off its perch, though whether it will prevent the blockbuster Bat-sequel from reaching the $500 million mark is anyone’s guess.

As historic as the “Dark Knight” success has been, the movie is still only halfway to the box-office summit. “Titanic” is still perched there, with its $600 million-plus in ticket receipts.

What do you think? Will any movie ever dethrone the James Cameron historical romance?

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