‘Transformers: Dark Of The Moon’ Explodes Past $1 Billion Mark

Proving that not even the threat of global economic collapse can keep people away from giant robot fights, worldwide box office receipts for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” have now surpassed $1 billion. No doubt aided by the additional money brought in by 3D ticket sales, the third Michael Bay “Transformers” movie has grossed $338 million in the United States and a whopping $663 million internationally.

While “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is the first Paramount Pictures film to ever break the $1 billion mark, it’s the tenth movie to do so in history, which also earns it a spot in the highest-grossing films of all time. The list, in order, goes: “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Toy Story 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” “The Dark Knight,” and finally, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which edged out “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” for its place.

Not surprisingly, six of the movies on that list were released in 3D, allowing them to benefit from the higher ticket prices associated with that format. Other fun facts:

» James Cameron holds the top two spots with “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

» Only three films, “Avatar,” “Titanic,” and “Alice in Wonderland” are standalone films, and not part of a series.

» The only movie on the list to be released prior to the year 2000 is “Titanic.”

» Three movies on the list were released in 2011: “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

» The second “Transformers” movie, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” ranks in at No. 27, while the first one is all the way down at No. 45.

» “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is still in theaters, and could rise even higher on the list.

What do you think about the box office performance of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”? Do you think its colossal success might lure Michael Bay and Shia LeBeouf back to the property? Tell us in the comments section and on Twitter!