It’s in the record books: Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing movie of all time, worldwide, surpassing James Cameron’s other titanic flick, Avatar.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige gave the word at yesterday’s news-packed Comic-Con panel. Officially, Endgame was still behind about $500,000 in global receipts when Feige called the race, money that the film was easily expected to make by today. The mark Endgame will eclipse is $2.7897 billion, most of which Avatar drew in 2009 and 2010 on an international release covering more than 14,000 screens.
Disney, of course, now owns both franchises thanks to its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, which was completed in March. So it’s in charge of the official figures for both, more or less, and recently ticked up Avatar’s global haul to reflect some extra revenue from reissues in the past decade.
Likewise, Endgame has already been re-released, which has helped propel its bottom line. The June 28 reissue made some minor changes and showed a deleted, still-unfinished scene involving the Hulk, but it was good enough to get some fans to double-dip the feature.
Avengers: Endgame was the fastest film to reach $1 billion in worldwide receipts, and blew past Titanic for second place all-time in just its second week of release. The capstone to Marvel’s Avengers arc is still second place among domestic box-office earners, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, $936.6 million to $854.1 million. Disney, again, owns both. In early May, Disney announced plans for all three franchises (Marvel, Star Wars and Avatar) to deliver a dozen movies between 2020 and 2027.
Avengers: Endgame will be released on digital storefronts on July 30, and will hit shelves on Aug. 13.