“Avengers: Infinity War” has only been in theaters for three weeks, but it’s already the highest-grossing superhero movie in the world — ever. Over the May 11-13 weekend the film raked in another $61 million at the domestic box office, more than enough to hold on to the number-one spot for the third straight week. That brings it to $547 million in our neck of the woods, but when you factor in international receipts it’s already up to $1.606 billion overall. No other superhero movie has ever made that much money.
After two weeks “Infinity War” broke the record as the fastest film to reach the billion-dollar mark. And in the seven days since then it has zoomed past “Black Panther” (10th place, $1.341 billion), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (8th place, $1.405 billion) and “The Avengers” (6th place, $1.518 billion) to become the world’s biggest superhero movie. But it’s not stopping there. It shouldn’t take long for “Infinity War” to pass “Jurassic World” ($1.671 billion) for fourth place in the record books. And then the Marvel crossover event might have its sights set on an even rarer pinnacle: the $2 billion mark.
Only three films have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide, and director James Cameron is responsible for the top two: “Avatar” leads the way with $2.788 billion, followed by “Titanic” with $2.187 billion. The third was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which squeaked past that threshold with $2.068 billion grossed worldwide. “Infinity War” already broke “Force’s” record for the biggest opening weekend in US box office history, so the $2 billion total is well within reach, but is there much chance for it to dethrone “Avatar” at the very top? “Avengers” still needs to add another $1.1 billion to its haul to reach that summit.
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