If you are a carbon-based lifeform, chances are you saw Avengers this past weekend. If you are and did, then congrats — you helped the movie earn the highest grossing domestic weekend of all time at a hair over $200 million. Not bad, really. Gamma Squad has a list of all the other records Avengers has broken, but I know all you’re really interested in the big picture, so here goes:
Avengers has made almost $640 million worldwide so far, which is already enough to put it at the 55th highest grossing movie of all time, which might not sound like much but is pretty insane for having only one weekend in North America. The film still hasn’t even opened in Japan yet, which is a pretty major market, so I think there’s a good chance Avengers will end beating Return of the King‘s $1,119,900,000 and Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon‘s $1,123,700,000 to end up at 4th highest grossing movie of all time. Actually, the #3 spot — held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at $1,328,100,000 — is pretty attainable, but after that it gets to Titanic and Avatar, which both earned well over $2 billion.
Look, if it beats all the Transformers movies, I’ll be happy. Just knowing that the world loves the Avengers movies more than Bayformers is enough to let me sleep soundly at night. FYI, I figured you were bored of Avengers screenshots, so that’s producer Kevin Feige showing off some of the movie props. Enjoy. (Via Box Office Mojo)
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