In the battle between James Bond and Batman, Bond has come out on top. The 23rd Bond film, 'Skyfall', has just zipped by 'The Dark Knight Rises' to become the seventh biggest film in box office history.
As it stands now, 'Skyfall' has an incredible $1,094 billion to its worldwide credit, while 'The Dark Knight Rises' counts $1,084 billion. That's still a pretty nice sum, and we'd all gladly switch places with the third in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but it's certainly still a remarkable feat on the Bond film's part. (The second highest-grossing Bond flick is 'Quantum of Solace' which snagged $586 million worldwide, good for 79th biggest film of all time.)
The next film in 'Skyfall's' sights is 'The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King', which tallied $1,119 billion back in '03/'04. That seems like an entirely achievable goal for the Sam Mendes flick, which is still in theaters domestically and internationally. It could then end up surpassing 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon's' $1,237 billion, ultimately sitting pretty at #5 all-time. (And there the run will likely stop.)
The good times will keep on rolling for Bond next week, when 'Skyfall' hits DVD/Blu-ray on February 12th.
So box office aside, which film did you think was better: 'Skyfall' or 'The Dark Knight Rises?'