The Avengers' box office domination continues

News Simon Brew

Joss Whedon has now made the fourth biggest movie of all time, as The Avengers brings in lots more cash...

We don't usually report on the continued box office of a movie, but it's a real pleasure to do so in the case of Joss Whedon's The Avengers movie. Given that the last movies to break $1bn at the worldwide box office included Transformers 3 and Pirates Of The Caribbean 4, it's a real pleasure to report on a film that actually deserves its success.

In fact, this past weekend, The Avengers edged past the third Transformers movie to become the fourth biggest film of all time. Its current total stands at $457m in the US, and $1.18bn in total takings worldwide.

Where will it end up? Well, there's still no absolute direct competition until The Amazing Spider-Man pops along in July. This weekend's upcoming Men In Black 3 release is likely to usurp it from the top of box office charts (although Universal's Battleship got swept aside on its US bow this past weekend), but by this time next week, The Avengers will be the fourth biggest film ever at the US box office (it's about to overtake Star Wars, and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace), and it'll be closing in on being the third biggest film of all time. At the moment, that honour is held by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, with $1.32bn in the bank.

The Avengers is unlikely to jump much further up. Two James Cameron movies cement the top slots on the all-time (non-inflation adjusted) worldwide box office charts. Titanic, courtesy of its recent re-release, is now up to $2.185bn, whilst Avatar stands alone with $2.782bn. The Avengers has an outside shot at being the third film ever to break $2bn, but it's likely to fall just a little short of that.

You'd hardly call it a disappointment, though. And we live in hope that, as a result, Joss Whedon gets given the keys to the dream project cupboard, and isn't asked to give them back anytime soon.

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