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Avengers Endgame to overtake Avatar as highest grossing movie ever, topples Titanic’s record in 11 days

Avengers Endgame is a breath away from overtaking Avatar as the highest grossing movie ever at the box office. The film has earned $2.189 billion in worldwide receipts within 11 days of release and destroyed records worldwide.

hollywood Updated: May 06, 2019 11:28 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Avengers Endgame has earned $2.189 billion worldwide within 11 days of release.

The latest Marvel film, Avengers Endgame, is breaking records globally and the film is now the second highest grossing film of all times, next only to James Cameron’s Avatar. The action film toppled Titanic from the slot with a collection of $2.189 billion (approximately Rs 15190 crore), The Hollywood Reporter said.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Titanic earned $2.187 billion in 1997 and Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi film Avatar collected $2.8 billion at the global box office, THR added. Avengers Endgame has earned $145.8 million in US markets alone while collecting $282.2 million overseas in its second weekend. Despite a 55% drop on its second weekend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe offering earned a gigantic $428 million in its second weekend at the worldwide box office.

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As per a Forbes report, Avengers Endgame needs an additional $600 million to become the all-time box office hit. Avatar had a re-release that took its earning from the original $2.749 billion to the final $2.788 billion.

The latest Avengers film has become one of the five films to have passed the $2 billion mark globally. Avatar ($2.78 billion), Titanic ($2.187 billion), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.06 billion), and Avengers: Infinity War ($2.04 billion) share space with Avengers Endgame on the list.

Avengers Endgame is the fastest film to earn $2 billion.

In India, too, the film has been breaking records. After clocking the highest opening ever, Avengers Endgame went ahead to gross Rs 346.34 crore, making it the highest grossing Hollywood film ever in India. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted Sunday. “#AvengersEndgame is the first #Hollywood film to join ₹ 300 cr Club... Biz at a glance... Crossed ₹ 50 cr: Day 1 ₹ 100 cr: Day 2 ₹ 150 cr: Day 3 ₹ 200 cr: Day 5 ₹ 250 cr: Day 7 ₹ 300 cr: Will cross today [Sun; Day 10] Nett BOC. India biz,” he wrote.

Directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, the film has Hollywood biggies like Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth suiting up as the world’s favourite superheroes.

Avengers Endgame became the fastest film to gross $2 billion globally in just 11 days, crushing Avatar's record of 47 days. It has now generated $619 million at the domestic box office and $1.56 billion internationally.

In North America, Avengers: Endgame dipped 59% from its opening weekend. That wasn't enough to secure the biggest second weekend of all time, a record still held by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with $149 million.

However, it passed Avengers: Infinity War ($114 million) to hold the second-biggest weekend ever. Only six films have ever surpassed $100 million in their second weekends.

Repeat viewings from comic-book enthusiasts, as well as premium formats like Imax and 3D have helped box office receipts reach extraordinary heights. Imax theaters have accounted for $170 million of tickets sold across the globe, while just under $1 billion has come from 3D screens. Only two films in history -- Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- have earned over a billion dollars from the 3D format.

Overseas, Avengers: Endgame remained the No. 1 film in all markets aside from Japan. This weekend, the superhero blockbuster raked in another $282.2 million from 55 international markets. Top foreign territories include China ($575 million), the United Kingdom ($89.9 million), and Korea ($82.1 million).

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First Published: May 06, 2019 09:51 IST