Star Wars The Phantom Menace is a billionaire now

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It may be a two-dimensional film with three dimensional visuals currently, but that hasn’t stopped the first in the Star Wars prequel films from earning a respectable take at the box office, as the film is one of an illustrious few to have earned a spot in the billion dollar club of successful movies.

Since it’s opening two weeks ago, SW:TPM has earned over $73 million dollars in ticket sales, pushing its combined box office totals all the way to $1.4 billion.

What’s even more surprising, is that it looks set to overtake The Dark Knight soon, as it’s only $1.5 million away from doing so. It’s the eleventh film so far in the history of cinema to earn more than a billion dollars in revenue, and if it surpasses the batman himself, it’s also going to be the tenth highest grossing movie of all time.

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Last Updated: February 24, 2012

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