Avengers: Endgame is out in theaters, and audiences around the world did “whatever it takes” to get the film all the way to $1 billion worldwide in just five days and $2 billion in 12 days. And now, after two months at the box office, Marvel is releasing an extended cut of Avengers: Endgame, which could carry it past Avatar to become the highest grossing film of all time.

Are we about to say “I love you 3 billion?”

Tuesday, June 25: 

Cumulative total: $834.5 million (domestic) + $1.91 billion (international) = $2.75 billion

All-time Box Office Standings: 

  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time worldwide ($2.75 billion)
  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time internationally ($1.91 billion)
  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time domestically ($834.5 million)

We haven’t updated this countdown in over month, simply because the onslaught of box office competition finally slowed down the daily numbers for Avengers: Endgame. Since we last checked in, the film has remained firmly planted in the #2 spot of all-time worldwide box office and all-time international box office. It has climbed the rankings, however, for domestic box office, as expected.

That’s right, Avengers: Endgame quantum leaped over Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Avatar to become the second highest grossing film in North America. But it’s still over $100 million shy of topping Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the current record holder.

The film stands a better chance of narrowly beating out Avatar for the worldwide record. It only has to make another $38 million internationally to become the highest grossing film ever. So…how can it possibly do this nine weeks into its release?

Marvel has a plan for that. They’re rereleasing Avengers: Endgame into more theaters, but with additional footage. According to Kevin Feige, we know there will be a deleted scene shown after the credits, plus a “tribute” of some sort and some “other surprises.” They’re also including a video introduction by Anthony Russo and a tease for Spider-Man: Far From Home. They’re even giving out free collectible artwork to hopefully entice fans interested in a rewatch.

Will this work? It’s hard to say. The film is only playing in 985 theaters at this point (in North America), and it faces competition from other Disney movies, funny enough, like Toy Story 4 and Aladdin. That said, Captain Marvel received a surprise box office bump late into its release when Endgame came out, so Marvel might be hoping the same can happen for Endgame when Spider-Man: Far From Home do-si-dos into theaters on July 2. 

By putting Endgame into more theaters again and packaging it with bonus material, they’re bound to incentivize some fans to see the film a second or third time (one fan has seen it over 100 times, in fact). We don’t know if it’ll be enough to close the gap, but Marvel isn’t giving up without a fight. If you want to see the rerelease, you know what to do – hit the button below: 

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Friday, May 10:

Cumulative total: $660 million (domestic) + $1.66 billion (international) = $2.32 billion

All-time Box Office Standings:

  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time worldwide ($2.32 billion)
  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time internationally ($1.66 billion)
  • 5th highest grossing film of all time domestically ($660 million)

With Detective Pikachu now rolling into theaters this weekend, we can expect some major slowdowns for Avengers: Endgame as it enters its third weekend. But a mild Thursday box office for the MCU film wasn’t enough to keep it from cruising past Titanic to become the 5th highest grossing film in North America with $660 million.

Next up? Avengers: Infinity War, which finished its run at $678.8 million last year. Even with some new competition entering the fray, Endgame should have no trouble reaching the #4 spot by Sunday, but if it drops in a major way domestically, it might not be able to overcome Avatar for the #3 spot for another week or so. But at this point, it’s hard to bet against Endgame pulling off another big surprise.

Thursday, May 9:

Cumulative total: $652.9 million (domestic) + $1.65 billion (international) = $2.3 billion

All-time Box Office Standings:

  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time worldwide ($2.3 billion)
  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time internationally ($1.65 billion)
  • 6th highest grossing film of all time domestically ($652.9 million)

We didn’t see much movement yesterday for Avengers: Endgame after a big slowdown on Tuesday, but the film managed to squeak in a surprise domestic box office milestone on Wednesday. The film managed to surpass Jurassic World to become the 6th highest grossing film ever in North America with $652.9 million after just two weeks at the box office.

This coming weekend will be a major testing ground for Endgame if it hopes to surpass Avatar to become the biggest movie of all time, but box office estimations have it acquiring both the domestic and global crown eventually, barring some kind of unprecedented drop in the coming weeks ahead.

 

Tuesday, May 7:

Cumulative total: $632 million (domestic) + $1.6 billion (international) = $2.23 billion

All-time Box Office Standings:

  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time worldwide ($2.23 billion)
  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time internationally ($1.6 billion)
  • 7th highest grossing film of all time domestically ($632 million)

Avengers: Endgame has been out in theaters around the world for almost two weeks, and it’s already on the heels of the biggest film of all time: Avatar. After another solid Tuesday, the film has inched ever closer to matching the James Cameron blockbuster event that collected over $2.7 billion worldwide almost a decade ago thanks to 3D ticket sales and its longevity in theaters. But Endgame has been a different beast with its juggernaut momentum, which is sure to slow down at some point…right?

Domestically, we’re still seeing movement up the charts as Endgame narrowly hopped over The Avengers to become the 7th highest grossing film stateside. It will likely take a couple of days for the film to surpass Jurassic World, which is another $20 million ahead. But at this point, we can now call Avengers: Endgame the second highest grossing domestic film in the sci-fi alien invasion genre, just behind Infinity War.

Sunday, May 5—Monday, May 6:

Cumulative total: $619 million (domestic) + $1.57 billion (international) = $2.19 billion

All-time Box Office Standings:

  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time worldwide ($2.18 billion)
  • 2nd highest grossing film of all time internationally ($1.56 billion)
  • 9th highest grossing film of all time domestically ($514 million)

Avengers: Endgame continued to dominate the box office in its second weekend, blasting past the $2 billion mark in record time (just 12 days). It cruised past Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Titanic to become the second highest grossing film of all time, just behind Avatar. At $2.19 billion worldwide, it’s now just $500 million away from becoming the biggest film ever made. After that? We’re getting close to an unprecedented $3 billion gross.

Domestically, Endgame continued its steady climb up the rankings to #9, sneaking past Rogue One, The Dark Knight, and Incredibles 2. We’re still waiting on the numbers to include Sunday’s totals, but we were about right in our prediction that Endgame would make about half its domestic run in Week 2. It won’t be long before the film soars past Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the first Avengers, but it’ll take a bit longer for Endgame to catch up to Jurassic World and Titanic, which would place it firmly in the Top 5 by the week’s end.

Saturday, May 4:

Cumulative total: $514 million (domestic) + $1.4 billion (international) = $1.91 billion

All-time Box Office Standings:

  • 5th highest grossing film of all time worldwide ($1.78 billion)
  • 3rd highest grossing film of all time internationally ($1.4 billion)
  • 12th highest grossing film of all time domestically ($514 million)

As expected, Avengers: Endgame had a massively successful second Friday, grossing $128.8 million globally. This was enough to edge the blockbuster event film past its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, to become the third highest grossing film ever based on international box office. Worldwide, it’s just a day away from similarly passing Infinity War to reach the #4 spot of all time. Remember, Endgame is only 10 days into its global release.

Domestically, Endgame snapped away three more films to hit the #12 spot. In just eight days, it’s already outgrossed Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Finding Dory, and Beauty and the Beast (2017) in their entire runs. Next on its hit list? Rogue One.

Friday, May 3:

Cumulative total: $473 million (domestic) + $1.31 billion (international) = $1.78 billion

All-time Box Office Standings:

  • 5th highest grossing film of all time worldwide ($1.78 billion)
  • 4th highest grossing film of all time internationally ($1.31 billion)
  • 15th highest grossing film of all time domestically ($473 million)

We may have to change this countdown to $3 billion. As Avengers: Endgame rolls into its second weekend, it hits the Top 5 highest grossing films of all time worldwide. No film has ever made this kind of money so quickly, and we’ve yet to see a slowdown. At $1.78 billion, Endgame will likely soon surpass both Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to reach the Top 3 films worldwide. From there, it doesn’t have a long way to go before it sinks Titanic for #2.

Domestically, the film is impressively climbing the rankings despite strong competition. It just hit the Top 15, replacing Star Wars after moving right past Avengers: Age of Ultron. If that sounds low in the rankings, keep in mind that Avengers: Infinity War reached the Top 4 just a year ago, so Endgame hitting the Top 5 is only inevitable. If the film can make at least half of its domestic run as last weekend, it’ll reach upwards of $650 million after 10 days at the box office. That would place it at #6 behind Jurassic World.  

Thursday, May 2:

Cumulative total: $452 million (domestic) + $1.2 billion (international) = $1.66 billion

All-time Box Office Standings:

  • 6th highest grossing film of all time worldwide ($1.66 billion)
  • 4th highest grossing film of all time internationally ($1.2 billion)
  • Highest grossing film ever in China ($459 million)
  • 17th highest grossing film of all time domestically ($452 million)

As Avengers: Endgame reassembles into its second weekend, we’re already seeing movement through the Top 10 films of all time both internationally and worldwide. As of Wednesday, it has now surpassed Furious 7 and The Avengers, making it the sixth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. For international releases, it’s already the fourth highest grossing film ever, moving right past Furious 7 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In eight days, Avengers: Endgame has already made well over half of what Avatar (the highest grossing film of all time) accumulated in 34 weeks. The numbers aren’t quite as monumental domestically, but they’re still rising at a fast clip. Endgame managed to jump over E.T., Shrek 2, and The Dark Knight Rises, making it the 17th highest grossing film in the states with $452 million and counting. That’s just a little under half of what The Force Awakens made in its entire domestic run ($936 million), which is still the record to beat.

Wednesday, May 1:

Cumulative total: $426 million (domestic) + $1.05 billion (international) = $1.48 billion

New records broken:

  • Highest grossing imported film of all time ($463 million in China)

In just seven days, Avengers: Endgame is already the eighth highest grossing film of all time (worldwide), surpassing Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther. It’s now the 20th highest grossing film domestically, surpassing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And it’s also now the highest grossing film in the time travel genre, surpassing Star Trek (2009) and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Looking at these numbers, you might wonder why Endgame lags a bit in some domestic categories outside of the initial Friday and Saturday. And it’s perhaps because those top-grossing “single-day” films came out during a holiday, like Memorial Weekend for example. In those cases, Sunday and Monday grosses tend to be a bit higher, which is why Endgame managed to grab the #2 spot for Non-Holiday Mondays.

I mentioned yesterday that Endgame stands a real chance of beating Force Awakens for the domestic box office title, but new projections have the film finishing at just under $900 million domestically, at least $36 million below the Star Wars film. This would likely be due to a crowded summer box office, as we’ve mentioned, but it’s hard not to wonder if Endgame will blast those predictions like it did during its opening weekend.

Tuesday, April 30:

Cumulative total: $394 million (domestic) + $948 million (international) = $1.34 billion

New records broken:

  • Biggest opening release in Russia ($7.8 million)
  • Fastest film to reach $300 million and $350 million domestically

We’re in the post-beginning-of-the-endgame now, and Marvel’s massive event movie shows no signs of dusting away its momentum. Avengers: Endgame scored $36.7 million domestically on Monday, $10 million more than Infinity War pulled off on the same day last year. Internationally, Endgame finally opened in Russia, breaking the record there with $7.8 million. It pulled in $82.2 million in all international markets combined, making for a tremendous $1.34 billion worldwide after just six days since the film debuted in China.

When this all started, I couldn’t help but wonder if Endgame would face sharper drops on Sunday and Monday, going by the assumption that a lot of audiences might want to see the film before getting spoiled on it, thus the opening days could be front-loaded with higher numbers that would drop off severely. Of course, the numbers have dropped (as expected), but not drastically compared to other films at this scale. That said, the record for single-day domestic gross on Monday after release is still held firmly by Black Panther and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, though not by much.

The conventional wisdom says that Endgame reaching $2.1 billion is almost a foregone conclusion at this point, making it a clear contender for the third highest-grossing film of all time (it’s already in the Top 10 after less than a week, to be clear). The real question is whether or not it can steal the domestic crown from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For now, all signs point to a resounding…probably.

Endgame faces no blockbuster competition until Detective Pikachu opens next weekend, then Aladdin two weeks after that. So we’re looking at a significant gap of time for the MCU film to stay planted in an unprecedented amount of theaters (and screens) that will likely carry its numbers much further than even the most optimistic estimators expected.

Monday, April 29:

Cumulative total: $356 million (domestic) + $866 million (international) = $1.22 billion

New records broken:

  • Biggest opening weekend of all time ($1.2 billion)
  • Biggest domestic opening weekend of all time ($356 million)
  • Biggest international opening of all time ($866 million)

As the dust settles on Marvel’s gargantuan opening weekend for Avengers: Endgame, it’s now clearer than ever we’re in uncharted box office territory. Thanks to positive reviews, years of marketing momentum in the form of actual movies, and an unprecedented release rollout from Disney, Endgame stands a real chance of getting to $1 billion domestically before the summer ends (or begins?) and definitely hitting $2 billion worldwide.

One thing appears to be certain. Endgame will absolutely reach $2 billion and surpass Infinity War, which means it will also probably beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens and reach the Top 3 highest grossing films of all time, right behind Avatar and Titanic. If it can somehow make over $2.1 billion in an admittedly crowded summer box office schedule, it’s got just $600 million to go before becoming the highest grossing film ever made (not adjusted for inflation, of course).

Sunday, April 28:

Cumulative total: $350 million (domestic) + $859 million (international) = $1.209 billion

New records broken:

  • Biggest opening weekend of all time ($1.2 billion and counting)
  • Biggest domestic opening weekend of all time ($350 million and counting)
  • Biggest international opening of all time ($859 million and counting)
  • Biggest per theater average of all time ($75,075 PTA)
  • Biggest opening in China ever ($330 million)

In just five days, Avengers: Endgame shattered every notable box office record for opening weekends worldwide. Domestically, it took just three days (including Thursday previews) to reach $350 million, over $100 million more than the previous record holder, Infinity War. It’s hard to imagine a pop cultural phenomenon of this scale sweeping the world again anytime soon, but the folks at Marvel have pulled off something extraordinary.

It’s not just about the money. These films have managed to translate a bold experiment in movie magic that essentially the entire world has shown up to see as quickly as possible, thus giving the distributor enough confidence to roll this out in just about every theater across the U.S. That’s no small feat, and it’s not like this was, as Thanos would put it, inevitable. It’s the result of 22 films of various genres coalescing under a single roadmap to Endgame, woven together in such a way that gets audiences to feel like this experience of seeing the film “first” matters. Only blockbusters on the level of Star Wars (also owned by Disney) have that kind of wide appeal, but unlike those saga films, Endgame has one massive, unmistakable advantage: China.

Star Wars has never taken off in China, but the Marvel films have steadily cultivated a large fanbase in the country, making it a crucial earner for Marvel Studios. Endgame collected an estimated $330 million in China, helping to push it past that coveted $1 billion mark before the end of the weekend and breaking two box office records with one Infinity Stone.

Stateside, it’s hard not to wonder if Endgame will also top The Force Awakens for the elusive record of all-time domestic box office. At $936 million, Force Awakens easily held on to the crown over Infinity War, which “only” made $678 million. Well, Endgame has made a third of that in a matter of days. If it becomes the first film to make $1 billion domestically on its way to making $2 billion worldwide, then this just became an entirely new countdown.

Saturday, April 27:

Cumulative total: $156.7 million (domestic) + $487 million (international) = $643.7 million

New records broken:

  • Biggest opening weekend of all time ($643.7 million and counting)
  • Biggest opening day domestically ($156.7 million)
  • Biggest three-day debut in China ($217 million and counting)
  • Biggest international opening of all time ($487 million and counting)
  • Highest opening day gross for IMAX screenings ($52 million)
  • Fastest film to reach $100 million and $150 million domestically

Are there any records this movie won’t break? Avengers: Endgame has already surpassed the opening weekend gross for Avengers: Infinity War…in one day. The film has assembled a staggering $643.7 million worldwide, several million more than last year’s Infinity War managed to gross in three days.

Endgame has also taken the domestic opening day crown from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It made $156.7 million on Friday, over $37 million more than Disney’s other juggernaut franchise and over $50 million more than Infinity War. Don’t believe us? Take a look at your Atom Tickets app and see how many seats aren’t available for the dozens of showtimes playing at your local theaters.

With Endgame blowing even the highest expectations out of the water, new projections have the film earning over $350 million domestically by the end of the weekend (you may recall the studio was hesitant about predicting anything over $300 million just yesterday). The MCU finishing move has already bested The Fate of the Furious in terms of its international opening, but in all fairness, Endgame has the advantage of a China release coinciding with its debut.

At this rate, it looks like Endgame might reach its worldwide billion in just five days or less. We’ll keep updating this column in the meantime to see how the post-game progresses.

Friday, April 26:

Cumulative total: $60 million (domestic) + $305 million (international) = $365 million

Records broken: 

  • Biggest Thursday opening of all time
  • Widest release ever (4,662 theaters)
  • Biggest opening day gross in China ($107 million)
  • Biggest opening day gross in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the Phillippines, the U.K., Egypt, Paraguay, Uruguay, Trinidad, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Panama

It’s Day 1 for Avengers: Endgame in the U.S., but the crossover event already debuted in most of its international markets two days ago. As of today, the MCU heavy-hitter has collected over $305 million internationally. So, yeah, this won’t exactly be a long-term countdown.

What about domestically? Thursday previews for Endgame saw record-shattering results, including the widest release ever as the film hit 4,662 theaters last night. Considering Endgame’s massive pre-sale momentum, it’s not too surprising to see it beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the biggest Thursday opening of all time with over $60 million. That’s $21 million more than the Thursday previews for Infinity War. Oh, snap.

Easy math, right? In just a matter of days, Avengers: Endgame has already grossed over $365 million worldwide according to Disney, about a third of our countdown to $1 billion. This is well over half of what Infinity War grossed in its entire opening weekend just one year ago. To be fair, Endgame is playing in about 200 more theaters this time around, but to be even fairer, it’s a longer movie, which impacts the amount of showtimes it can have…assuming most theaters aren’t just devoting entire hallways of screens to just this movie.

If anyone still doubts the staying power of Infinity War, a film you technically need to see before bothering with Endgame, they may want to check back with us on Sunday and Monday.

Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now. You can be part of that record-shattering race to a billion by snagging a ticket here. And, in case you missed it, here’s our double-sized review of Avengers: Endgame.

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