“Marvel’s The Avengers” was expected to cross the $600 million domestic box office threshold Tuesday, becoming one of only three films in history ever to reach this milestone. The superhero film’s global total now estimates at $1,438.3 million and stands as the No. 3 film of all time globally and domestically, according to Marvel.com.
That means “The Avengers” helmer Joss Whedon is just the second director to have a film cross the $600 million domestic milestone. No. 1 and 2 on the domestic box office all-time list “Avatar” and “Titanic,” respectively. Both were directed by James Cameron.
“Marvel’s The Avengers” opened in North America May 4 with a staggering $207.4 million–the biggest domestic debut of all time–and has been shattering domestic box office records since, including the industry’s all-time second weekend record with $103 million; fastest film to reach $200 million (three days), $300 million (nine days), $400 million (14 days), and $500 million (23 days); and highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals. It’s the No. 4 film of all time internationally with $838.9 million.
Among only 12 films that have grossed $1 billion at the global box office, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is one of five billion-dollar Disney releases, which also include “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Alice in Wonderland,” Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
“The Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.