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'Dark Knight' tops summer box office

Actor Christian Bale (R) and his wife Sibi Blasic attend the premiere of the film The Dark Knight in Tokyo, Japan, on July 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
Actor Christian Bale (R) and his wife Sibi Blasic attend the premiere of the film "The Dark Knight" in Tokyo, Japan, on July 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The superhero picture "The Dark Knight" earned more than $500 million and was No. 1 at the North American box office this summer, industry analysts say.

The latest entry in the Batman franchise has also secured the No. 2 spot on the list of Hollywood's biggest movies, behind the 1997 epic romance/action movie "Titanic."

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Citing data from Exhibitor Relations, E! Online said $4.13 billion in tickets were sold this summer -- a slight dip from last summer when North Americans spent $4.16 billion at the movies.

"The Dark Knight" was No. 1 at the domestic summer 2008 box office with $505 million, followed by "Iron Man" at No. 2 with $318 million, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" at No. 3 with $316 million, "Hancock" at No. 4 with $227 million and "WALL-E" at No. 5 with $218 million, E! Online said.

Rounding out the top tier were "Kung Fu Panda" at No. 6 with $214 million, "Sex and the City" at No. 7 with $153 million, "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" at No. 8 with $142 million, "The Incredible Hulk" at No. 9 with $135 million and "Wanted" at No. 10 with $134 million.

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