Dark of the Moon reached $1 billion on its 37th day in theaters, which was faster than On Stranger Tides (46 days) but much slower than Deathly Hallows Part 2 (19 days), which reached the milestone on Sunday. Its $664.2 million in overseas coin plus close to $340 million in domestic earnings added up to $1.004 billion worldwide. That's leaps and bounds above previous series installments Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which grossed $709.7 million and $836.3 million, respectively.
By a wide margin, Dark of the Moon's top territory is China with $124.2 million. That's followed by South Korea ($68 million), Russia ($44.6 million), the United Kingdom ($44.1 million) and Australia ($39.4 million).
Based on its current trajectory, it's safe to assume that Transformers: Dark of the Moon will surpass Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which finished with $1.066 billion in 2006. That will place it in the Top Five all-time behind Avatar, Titanic, Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 also hit a major worldwide milestone yesterday: with $1.038 billion, it passed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides's $1.033 billion to become the highest-grossing movie of 2011. It now ranks sixth on the all-time chart, and it looks guaranteed to pass The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King's $1.119 billion by the end of the weekend to move up to third place. Its foreign-only total rose to $713.2 million, making it the fifth movie ever to earn over $700 million overseas.
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