The Avengers film takes $1 billion worldwide in first 19 days
The Avengers movie has topped the American box office for the second week in a row, taking $1 billion in its first 19 days.
The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson, and was written and directed by Joss Whedon, is set to break into the all-time box office top ten, with industry insiders predicting it will eventually knock Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from third spot.
Known as Avengers Assemble in the UK to avoid confusion with the television series of the same name, the Disney-produced film is already the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time, surpassing The Dark Knight and all three Spiderman films.
It also broke the second week revenue record, taking $103.2 million - $25 million more than the current highest grossing film of all time, Avatar.
Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, said: “You never think that it can happen this quickly…You hope you can get to this day, and the fact that it is happening this early is a testament to a lot of work that went in on the Marvel side over the last six years to get us to a place where people wanted to see the Avengers assemble.“
The Avengers easily beat Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s vampire film Dark Shadows, which took $28.8 million this week to hit second place.
Dark Shadows fell way below previous Depp/Burton collaborations such as Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Top 20 highest grossing films of all time
1. Avatar - $2,782,275,17
2. Titanic - $2,183,394,188
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - $1,328,111,219
4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - $1,123,746,996
5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - $1,119,929,521
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - $1,066,179,725
7. Toy Story 3 - $1,063,171,911
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - $1,043,871,802
9. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - $1,026,284,487
10. Alice in Wonderland - $1,024,299,904
11. The Avengers - $1,002,082,000
12. The Dark Knight - $1,001,921,825
13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - $974,755,371
14. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - $963,420,425
15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - $956,399,711
16. The Lion King - $951,583,777
17. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - $939,885,929
18. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $934,416,487
19. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers -$926,047,111
20. Shrek 2 - $919,838,758
Arts & Ents blogs
Even though there was a complete absence of our favourite odd couple Brienne and Jaime, we got anoth...
If you had any doubt where Binky gets her brilliantly brassy disregard for social graces, episode se...
Kate Simko is a lady who has constantly worked towards to pushing herself musically. Though she make...
'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
This is the end... Keyboard player of The Doors Ray Manzarek dies of cancer aged 74
Coronation Street triumphs over EastEnders at British Soap Awards 2013
School-gate mums: Is 2013's Fifty Shades a novel by Gill Hornby called The Hive?
Arrested Development returns but can the new episodes on Netflix capture the show's deadpan glory days?
- 1 'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
- 2 Austerity has hardened the nation's heart
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 4 Why Arsène Wenger must spend to put icing on the cake and buy likes of Stevan Jovetic for Arsenal
- 5 'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.