As such, Marvel Comics and Disney’s “The Avengers”, the titanic superhero film that brings together Marvel comics most-famous superheroes into one movie, has shattered a multitude of records and set new ones in a triumphant display of the power, draw and zeal that superhero films demand. It also proves without a doubt, that superhero films may in fact be the most popular style of film and film material, as several of the biggest movies ever made are now superhero films. The comicbook has now, truly, come of age.
As for The Avengers, it has become only the 12th film in history to achieve the Billion Dollar mark! This is an amazing feat.
Other records that have been shattered by The Avengers include:
* 12th film in history to earn over $1 billion dollars worldwide.
* The second film in history to ever achieve the $1 billion mark with such speed. The movie that achieved it the quickest remains John Cameron’s Avatar.
* The Avengers now holds the U.S. record for the film with the biggest opening weekend of all time, grossing $207 million dollars for the film’s debut.
* The Avengers is the fastest film in the history of the United States to reach over $300 million dollars made and $350 million, achieving that mark in only one week.
* Highest three-day total of all time in the U.S. Earning 23% more than previous record-holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
* First film ever to reach $100 million in its second week at U.S. theaters. Compare this to The Dark Knight in 2008 which reached $75 million in its second week, and Avatar in 2009 also with $75 million. And The Avengers absolutely dwarfs the competition.
* The Hunger Games is the best-selling movie of 2012… it has made $386.9 million so far and took 7 weeks to do so. The Avengers will have that surpassed by tomorrow, much, MUCH sooner. Having only taken 3 weeks! And 20 or 21st day at international cinemas.
* The Avengers total of $1,002,100,000 is the 11th highest gross of all time.
The Avengers marks the fifth Disney movie to surpass the billion dollar mark, others include Alice in Wonderland (10th movie to gross $1 billion), Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (9th), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (8th), Toy Story 3 (7th), and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (6th).
The other movies to make a billion dollars include: Transformers: Dark of the Moon (5th), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (4th), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (3rd), James Cameron’s Titanic (2nd) and James Cameron’s Avatar (1st).
It is expected that, within another one or two weeks, The Avengers will climb up the list of the highest-grossing movies of all time, to top out at 4th place. Knocking The Lord of the Rings down a peg, and sitting pretty behind the final Harry Potter film in that franchise. No one expects The Avengers to top Harry Potter, much less the two James Cameron epics… but you’d be underestimating the combined power of the world’s mightiest superheroes. And you do so at your own peril!
On a personal note, where the heck is The Dark Knight!? I could’ve sworn The Dark Knight also shattered all kinds of records and was one of the highest grossing movies of all time. Maybe it sits in 11th place?
Update: The Dark Knight is INDEED in 11th place, so The Avengers has fallen just behind it, becoming the 12th movie of all time to surpass one billion dollars, although The Avengers has already far surpassed The Dark Knight in money earned, as mentioned above.
Here are the Top 10 $1 billion dollar movies:
#1. Avatar ($2,782.3 Billion)
#2. Titanic ($2183.4 Billion)
#3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1,328.1 Billion)
#4. Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1,123.7 Billion)
#5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($1,119.9 Billion)
#6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($1,066.2 Billion)
#7. Toy Story 3 ($1,063.2 Billion)
#8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1,043.9 Billion)
#9. Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace ($1,026.3 Billion)
#10. 2010′s Alice In Wonderland ($1,024.3 Billion)
#11 The Dark Knight ($1001.9 Billion)
Top 10 Domestic Best-Selling Box Office Movies of All Time (adjusted for inflation):
1. Gone With the Wind ($1,600.2 Million)
2. Star Wars ($1,410.7 Million)
3. The Sound of Music ($1,127.9 Million)
4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial ($1,123.4 Million)
5. Titanic ($1,074.1 Million)
6. The Ten Commandments ($1,037.5 Million)
7. Jaws ($1,014.3 Million)
8. Doctor Zhivago ($983.1 Million)
9. The Exorcist ($875.9 Million)
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ($863.3 Million)