Monkey-man Mutt be damned! Despite the poor critical reception Steven Spielberg’s Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull received, it has motored on home to a worldwide gross of over $700 million. Breaking the $300 million barrier domestically last week on top of a pretty healthy $400 million in overseas receipts, Harrison Ford’s return as Indiana Jones has become the biggest moneymaker at the box office this year so far, and Paramount’s second movie this summer, after Iron Man, to breach this $300 million mark.
While this is an impressive record, and one that is made all the more so considering the missed opportunity that the film was, it faces some stiff competition if it is to retain this ‘king of the summer’ title. With anticipation for The Dark Knight reaching feverish breaking point, and with lavish praise being bandied about by those fortunate to have caught the film at Stateside screenings, Batman is sure to give the dusty archaeologist a run for his money.