At this point, no one is surprised that Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” is a big hit at the box office. But after only its second weekend, the movie is officially the 2nd highest-grossing film in history.
Endgame’s box office total now stands at $2.189 billion, which puts it ahead of epic blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Titanic.” There is only one movie left to take down for historical box office supremacy…”Avatar.” Only 5 movies have ever exceeded $2 billion at the box office and “Avengers: Endgame” is the fastest of those movies, accomplishing the feat in only 11 days!
Until now, the top 2 spots belonged to James Cameron directed movies, “Avatar” at #1 with $2.788 billion and “Titanic” at #2 with 2.187 billion. The success of “Avengers: Endgame” is due in large part to also becoming the #2 movie internationally of all time at $1.528 billion (behind only “Avatar” at $2.028 billion), as it is in “only” 9th place domestically with $620 million.
“From the very beginning with Iron Man, all we’ve wanted to do was tell stories that brought these characters to life on screen the way we’ve experienced them as fans of the comics,” said Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios. “That we’ve had so many other successes in this journey leading to this unbelievable result with Avengers: Endgame has been almost entirely due to the fans around the world who have supported us through it all. Our directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, and our writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, really brought this story home, and I am also incredibly thankful for our cast and filmmakers from across the MCU and all who’ve worked so hard to make these films the best they can be, including the amazing teams at Marvel Studios and Disney. And of course, without Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, none of this would have been possible.”
While “Avengers: Endgame” is currently on an impressive and historical run of success, the success isn’t unprecedented for Marvel. In addition to “Avengers: Endgame,” four other MCU films rank in the top 10 as far as their global success.
“Avengers: Infinity Wars” is #5 at $2.05 billion, “The Avengers” is #7 at $1.52 billion, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is #9 at $1.4 billion and “Black Panther” rounds out the top 10 at #10 at $1.3 billion.
The question now is how much more steam does “Avengers: Endgame” have? While it is by no means a certainty, it appears to only be a matter of time until it becomes the #1 movie of all time.
Keep in mind that inflation and higher box office ticket prices do contribute to the success of Avengers: Endgame’s recording setting totals. According to IMDB’s calculations, the 1939 movie “Gone with the Wind” is #1 with an inflation-adjusted total of $3.4 – $3.8 billion and Titanic is #2 with an inflation-adjusted total of $3.2 – $3.4 billion, while “Avatar” has an inflation-adjusted estimate of $3.2 billion.
In this perspective, there is much more success required to be the undisputed box office king to dethrone these 3 mega-hits, but if any movie stands a chance to do it, that movie will be “Avengers: Endgame.”