Avengers: Endgame nears global box office record

The Walt Disney Company estimated on Sunday that Endgame added $US145.8 million ($AU208.3 million) from North American theatres and $US282.2 million ($AU403.3 million) internationally bringing its global total to $US2.2 billion ($AU3.1 billion).

Endgame is one of five movies to ever reach that threshold and, not accounting for inflation, is now second worldwide only to Avatar’s $US 2.8 billion ($AU4 billion).

Avatar reached $US2 billion ($AU2.8 billion) in 47 days of release compared with 11 for E ndgame, although in 2009 the theatrical landscape was different, most notably so in China.

Avengers just overtook Titanic’s box office grossings.Source:Supplied

“The sprint to $US2 billion ($AU2.8 billion) is unbelievable. We’re in uncharted territory,” said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore. “Usually films like this are marathoners.”

To reach Avatar’s global record, however, Endgame will have to turn into a marathoner itself, in a movie season that’s only going to get more competitive.

Next in Avengers’ sights: Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time.

Next in Avengers’ sights: Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time.Source:AP

Still, “it’s got a real chance at getting there,” Dergarabedian said. Across the US, Endgame, which is still playing on 4662 screens, scored the second-biggest second weekend ever with a sum that would be impressive for any film on opening weekend.

Endgame has now grossed $US619.7 million ($AU885.7) in North America, making it the ninth biggest of all time, behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Avengers: Endgame is the event movie of the year.

Avengers: Endgame is the event movie of the year.Source:Supplied

Here in Australia, Avengers: Endgame smashed box office records right out of the gate, taking $AU44.34 million in Australia in its opening weekend. That catapulted it to number one on the yearly chart, overtaking its stablemate Captain Marvel, which was sitting at the top with $AU40 million.

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