Avengers Passes Avatar to Become Highest Grossing Movie Ever

Lula Sharp
July 22, 2019

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said: "A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights". The latest installment in the blockbuster franchise picks up where "Avengers: Endgame" left off, with Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man atop a cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal - and Favreau.

Nearly as if it were orchestrated months ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige on Saturday took to the stage at the hallowed Hall H of the San Diego Comic-Con, where the idea of the MCU was first revealed to the world in 2007, to announce that Avengers: Endgame had become the highest grossing film of all time.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told fans at Comic-Con at San Diego on Saturday that Endgame was poised to reach the box office milestone.

Cameron tipped his cap to "Avengers: Endgame" earlier this year when it blew past "Avatar"'s domestic record in less than two weeks.

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NASA had other celebrations going on Saturday, most notably at Johnson Space Center in Houston, home to Mission Control; the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Saturday the US first will return to the moon, and then Mars, in upcoming space travel.

Endgame's running time of 161 minutes did not discourage audiences, with U.S. theatres adding thousands of showings for the film to get it on more screens than any movie before, with some theatres even staying open 72 hours straight.

Adjusted for inflation, the highest grossing movie of all time remains 1939's Gone With The Wind, which took in the equivalent of roughly $3.5 billion in today's dollars.

Also, in the US, Avengers: Endgame came in second to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with a difference in earnings of about $US113 million. That's $2.790 billion for Avengers 4 compared to $2.788 billion for Avatar. "You've shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it's bigger than ever!".

Since Disney closed its $US71.3 billion acquisition of Fox, Avatar is now part of the Disney empire. The sweet comedy is based on the entertaining if fantastic premise of a struggling musician (Himesh Patel) suddenly becoming one of the only people on Earth who remembers the Beatles.

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