Apparently it's true; nothing can stop Batman. The Dark Knight can take solace in being ignored for a Best Picture nomination with the fact that it has now earned more than a billion dollars worldwide.

Warner Bros made the announcement yesterday afternoon, noting that the movie's recent IMAX re-release - and, curiously, the Ecuadorian moviegoing audience - were responsible for taking the movie past the billion dollar mark. It is only the fourth movie in history to do so, after Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and is still the second most-successful US domestic movie (after Titanic) and most successful 2D IMAX movie worldwide.

Industry experts are already at work discussing whether Christopher Nolan or Christian Bale's next projects will have the most unnecessarily high expectations place upon them.

'Dark Knight' breaks $1 billion mark [Variety]