THE AVENGERS Crosses $600 Million Domestically; Now Third Highest Grossing Film of All Time

     June 26, 2012


We may be nearing the halfway point of the summer movie season already, but Marvel’s The Avengers is still looming over the 2012 “blockbusters” that have come and gone like the slightly older yet much more successful brother of the bunch.  We’ve seen moderate box office successes from films like Men in Black 3, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Madagascar 3, but nothing has come close to the behemoth box office giant that was Marvel’s mother of all superhero movies.

The film shattered the opening weekend record with over $200 million in three days, and now Disney has announced that The Avengers is expected to cross the $600 million domestic mark today, making it only the third film in history to reach that number.  Hit the jump for more, including a rundown of what the all-time box office chart looks like now.

avengers-movie-image-renner-evans-johanssonFirst up, here’s a quick look at all the records The Avengers has broken thus far:

  • Highest opening weekend – $207 million
  • Highest second weekend – $103 million
  • Highest Saturday total – $69.5 million
  • Highest Sunday total – $57 million
  • Fastest to reach $200 million – 3 days
  • Fastest to reach $300 million – 9 days
  • Fastest to reach $400 million – 14 days
  • Fastest to reach $500 million – 23 days

Now it’s time to add one more to that list, as the film is expected to cross the $600 million mark today.  This firmly puts The Avengers behind Titanic and Avatar as the third highest grossing film of all time (both domestically and internationally), as it eclipses The Dark Knight stateside.  For those wondering if The Dark Knight Rises has the ability to overtake The Avengers either in the opening weekend or all-time record, it’s doubtful.  We live in the age of 3D, and the higher ticket prices now make these box office records hard to beat (not to mention misleading).  That said, I have no doubt that the box office success of The Dark Knight Rises will be impressive.

avengers-movie-image-iron-manFor curiosity’s sake, let’s take a look at the top ten highest grossing films domestically as of right now (per Box Office Mojo):

  1. 1. Avatar – $760.5 million
  2. 2. Titanic – $658.6 million
  3. 3. The Avengers – $599.3 million
  4. 4. The Dark Knight - $533.3 million
  5. 5. Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace – $474.5 million
  6. 6. Star Wars$460.9 million
  7. 7. Shrek 2 – $441.2 million
  8. 8. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – $435.1 million
  9. 9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $423.3 million
  10. 10. The Lion King – $422.7 million

It’s nearly impossible for The Avengers to overtake Titanic at this point (James Cameron remains the King of the World), but third is nothing to scoff at.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about records being broken by The Avengers when the film hits Blu-ray later this year.


  • t

    Rises will rise above. Believe it.

    • jOkEr

      Get your head out of your ass.

    • Joe

      Highly doubtful mate. But yeah…let’s see.

  • Fist-O-Pain

    Let’s see, if the Avengers was re-released in theaters with the added scenes, it would blow Titanic out of the water and burn Avatar.

  • Julius

    I’m sure when Avengers get the re-release it will beat Titanic, without a doubt. The amount of money it already generated at the box office is amazing stuff and well deserved… unlike the number one spot.

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  • Ash Talon

    Isn’t that Titantic number with the 3D release numbers added in? Adding rerelease box office is a bit cheating in my opinion. If the 3hr extended cut of Avengers is released in August, I’m sure it’ll overtake the 3D-inflated Titanic numbers.

  • sense 11

    Ive seen this 4 times and its still just as awesome as the first time.

    • Joe

      I’ve seen it 10 times…and it’s still awesome! :)

      First two times at the theater…and the rest…well, lets leave that detail out shall we? ;)

      • sense 11


  • Alboone

    Disney should definitely release a longer cut before the blu ray comes. That would be an easy 20-30 million added to its already impressive box office.

  • THundersauresrex

    With Avatar in the theaters for about 8 months and Titanic surpassing that at 9 months. i still think it’s impressive for the avengers to pass the 600 million mark in just two months…let the avengers go for 9 months then we will see who the real king is.

    • John

      I think Avatar’s accomplishment is much better. That was an original film that opened with a $70M weekend, and just kept going and going.

      The Avengers, on the other hand, had the fans of the 5 previous films and decades of comic books to draw upon. It opened above $200M, but since has declined at a more normal pattern. Think about it: one-third of The Avengers’ US box office gross came in the first three days of release.

      Both movies are obviously very successful, and my comment has nothing to do with the quality of the films themselves. But to me, Avatar’s slow-but-steady box office performance is more impressive than The Avengers.

      • Gerberzy

        Totally agreed!

      • Thundersauresrex

        wait… i hope you meant FIRST not original…have you seen Fern Gully? i will point out i am not a fan of Avatar by whatever means. i get what you say about the jump that Avatar had. i’ll give it that. but i still dont see it being more impressive. the fact that an ENTIRE SERIES was laid on this ONE movie. it getting this much money is an impressive thing. since the movie was a HUGE risk. more so than Avatar.

  • THundersauresrex

    With Avatar out for 8 months and Titanic surpassing with 9 months its still mighty impressive that AVANGERS reached 600 mill is pretty impressive. lets let Avengers stay in the theater for 9 months adn see who the real king is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Strong Enough

    overrated film

    i was clearly watching a comedy

  • adam

    Everyone should keep in mind that this is NOT now the 3rd most popular movie of all time. Congrats to everyone involved with this project; I’ve seen it 3 times, and loved the hell out of it each time. But when adjusted for inflation, Avengers ranks #27 all time. Behind Grease and Mary Poppins. 2012 ticket prices and 3D surcharges make it unfair. No one will ever sniff Gone With The Wind’s popularity (ticket sales). Never.

  • Fred

    Impressive, with that horrible Cap. Costume. Imagine if they had cool designs.

  • Scurvy

    And yet there were people here who said Avengers would never cross 600 mil and would only make 20-30 mil more when it was at 550mil.

  • CM

    If everyone sees TDKR multiple times in IMAX (which they should, especially during opening weekend), then TDKR still has a shot at breaking records.

  • Chesterfield

    I don’t think anyone should expect TDKR to match Avengers’ box office. It won’t happen. I have high expectations for the film though, and I expect to like it a lot more than Avengers (which was a good to very good superhero movie with a couple of truly excellent moments).

  • Andrew

    Avengers is the number one movie in my book,…well,until Avengers 2 comes along anyway!

  • Peter

    Am i crazy to think avengers can still pass titanic? It’s been in theaters for less than 2 months. If it stays in theaters for another couple of months it can make $60mil. Right? Avatar and The Dark Knight were in theaters for more than 200 days.

    • Matt

      Only if its re-released with the deleted scenes. After its 8th weekend it made $7 mill at the box office, and will continue to decline by at the very least 20% every weekend following. Not to mention The Amazing Spiderman comes out Tuesday, so that will definitely become the big super hero movie, and then on the 20th The Dark Knight Rises is released. So from this point alone theres no reason why it can’t stick around to gain another $20-30 million, but there is no way it will hit $60 million unless it is re-released near the end of August when nothing good is out

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