Avengers: Endgame has made history, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time.
On Sunday it topped the prior record of $2.7897 billion (yes, billion with a B) set by James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar. Disney/Marvel helped its juggernaut cross the finish line by re-releasing the film on June 28 with a deleted Hulk sequence, a Stan Lee tribute and a post-credits scene featuring characters from Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, bringing in the 37 million dollars needed to surpass Avatar.
In the United States, Avengers: Endgame still trails in the No. 2 spot on the all-time list, $82.5 million behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $936.6 million.
“The fact that people have responded to Endgame this way and they’ve been following theses characters for so long, it’s cathartic for us to see in that the storytelling has played out globally.”
-Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame co-director
Disney will get two chances to upset its own Avengers: Endgame‘s global box office title – first, when it releases the ninth and final film in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, on December 20th, and again in December 2021 when it releases James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar 2.