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Will Avengers: Endgame Top Avatar at the Box Office?

May 6, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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In 2009, James Cameron’s Avatar burst upon theaters. setting records and amazing people with its visual wonders.

Its numbers at the box office are incredibly impressive, with the movie crossing the $1 billion mark on its 19th day of international release. It became the first movie to earn over $2 billion worldwide, blowing away estimates and having many say that a movie would never be able to beat those numbers.

Then came along Avengers: Endgame.

Disney’s Endgame has officially surpassed the $2 billion mark in its second weekend in theaters, totally destroying the record for the fastest film to reach that milestone.

The mega hit added $145.8 million in its second weekend (a 59% drop) for a cumulative $619.7 million, becoming the fastest movie to ever get to $600 million domestically in the process, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

Endgame became the second-highest grossing movie of all time, passing Titanic with $2.188 billion globally in just 11 days. The Marvel blockbuster brought in $620 million at the domestic box office, becoming the 9th biggest title ever in North America. Overseas, is has assembled $1.56 billion, with $575 million of that coming from China.

On top of that, Avengers: “Endgame joined the club of five films to ever cross $2 billion in ticket sales, sitting with Avatar, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Avengers: Infinity War. For those keeping score, it took Avatar 47 days to cross the $2 billion point.

Now all eyes are looking are on just how successful will Endgame be? Wade Holden, an entertainment-industry forecaster at Kagan, S&P Global Market Intelligence, expects Marvel’s Endgame to beat Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time. For that to happen, Endgame would need to continue its record setting pace and add on another $1 billion in box-office revenue globally in the coming weeks so those adjusting for inflation would feel satisfied.

Don’t worry about Cameron though. He has two of the biggest movies of all time sitting up there and four planned sequels to his Avatar universe.

We’ll get Avatar 2 in December of 2020 and see who the real box office champion is.