'Reloaded' Hits $730 Million Worldwide
by Gregg Kilday
"The Matrix Reloaded," the second installment in the mind-bending Keanu Reeves trilogy, has hit $730 million at the worldwide box office.
The tally for the Wachowski brothers' film consists of $450 million in ticket sales overseas and $280 million domestically, Warner Bros. said Friday.
The film, which rolled out in nearly all foreign territories, except for Japan and Russia, in May following a gala screening at Cannes on May 15, currently ranks 13th on the all-time worldwide box office chart, according to the Internet Movie Database. With its international rollout nearly completed, it is lodged between 1982's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," in 12th place with $757 million, and 1994's "Forrest Gump," in 14th with $679 million.
The film's 1999 predecessor, "The Matrix," did $456 million worldwide. The final installment, "The Matrix: Revolutions," opens domestically on Nov. 5.
"Reloaded" was the first film in history to gross more than $100 million in a single weekend internationally. It is also the biggest-grossing R-rated movie on both the domestic and international charts.
Among 2003 releases, its nearest competitor is the Jim Carrey comedy "Bruce Almighty," whose worldwide take stands at $427 million. Among all-time champs, "Reloaded" falls far below top-ranked "Titanic," which earned $1.8 billion worldwide following its Dec. 1997 release.