'Avengers: Endgame' shattered box-office records, but it could fall short of overthrowing 'Avatar' as the biggest movie of all time

Marvel Studios‘Avengers: Endgame’
  • It’s not out of the realm of possibility, but as the box office of “Avengers: Endgame” slows, it will be difficult for the movie, which has made $US2.6 billion worldwide, to reach the $US2.8 billion gross of “Avatar.”
  • And it’s practically impossible for “Endgame” to surpass “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” domestically. The latter made $US936 million in the US, while “Endgame” has made $US779 million.
  • But “Endgame” is still a massive hit that broke box-office records at an unprecedented pace, including making $US1 billion worldwide in its opening weekend.
  • “Endgame” is also the biggest Hollywood movie in China ever, making over $US600 million there.
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“Avengers: Endgame” has shattered plenty of box-office records and become one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. But after a month in theatres, its pace is slowing, and it’s looking as if it could fall short of dethroning the biggest movies ever.

James Cameron’s “Avatar” still sits at the top of the worldwide box office, with $US2.79 billion, while “Endgame” is at $US2.62 billion. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for “Endgame” to reach “Avatar’s” record number, but as the summer movie season heats up, it will become increasingly difficult.

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And it’s practically impossible for “Endgame” to overthrow the domestic champion, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which made a monumental $US936 million in the US. “Endgame” is the second-biggest movie domestically, at $US779 million. It will make more before its theatrical run is over, but it would need a miracle and then some to top “The Force Awakens.”

If international box office doesn’t work in “Endgame’s” favour this summer, it’s likely to end its time in theatres as the No. 2 movie both globally and domestically.

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After adjusting for inflation, “Endgame” faces even greater challenges in the record books: It’s the 22nd-highest-grossing movie domestically, and while it should climb the list before its run is over, it would need to gross an impossible $US1.8 billion in the US alone to beat “Gone with the Wind.”

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But even with that context, the box-office haul of “Endgame” is still massive, and it reached its impressive numbers at an unprecedented pace.

“Endgame” was the fastest movie to reach $US1 billion worldwide (it did so in its opening weekend) and the fastest to hit $US2 billion. It broke the domestic opening-weekend record held by “Avengers: Infinity War” with $US357 million.

It’s been a huge hit in China too. Marvel has found an audience there in a way that Disney’s other flagship franchise, “Star Wars,” has not. As Business Insider’s Jason Guerrasio pointed out earlier this month, the total box office of the “Star Wars” movies since “The Force Awakens” in 2015 was less in China than what “Endgame” made in a week.

“Endgame” is China’s highest-grossing Hollywood movie of all time and its third-biggest movie ever. (Two Chinese releases, “Wolf Warrior 2” and “The Wandering Earth,” are ahead of it.) It broke China’s record for the biggest opening weekend, with $US191 million, and has so far made over $US600 million there.

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