Surpassing the James Cameron blockbuster in the box office has been a goal of Marvel Studios since before Avengers: Endgame was even released. Though the first run showed a lot of promise, with its global opening making an astounding $1.2 billion at the box office, it fell short of Avatar‘s total box office earnings by around $45 million. Endgame ended its first release with $2.743 billion as compared to Avatar‘s $2.788 billion.
Then, Marvel Studios announced a second release for the Avengers installment — complete with new footage and a tribute for Stan Lee. For some time, it looked like not even this re-release could close the gap between Endgame and Avatar but then a surge at the box office proved that wrong. Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige just announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that the Avengers conclusion has finally surpassed Cameron’s space adventure.
According to Deadline, Feige revealed the news by stating: “Thanks to you, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all-time.” The Russo brothers similarly showed their gratitude for this milestone by taking to Twitter to confirm the report:
To the greatest fans in the universe, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you…https://t.co/MRKEKaKvVW
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) July 21, 2019
Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn released a statement on the achievement saying:
A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic height. Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience. The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pandora.
No actual numbers have been revealed yet in terms of box-office gross but projections place Endgame with at least a $2 million lead over Avatar at the time of the announcement.
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