It has finally happened. Avengers: Endgame is now the highest-grossing film of all time. Slowly but surely, Marvel Studios has cemented its films as instant Box Office drivers. Expectations are always high for the films to outperform with each release. This year alone, Marvel Studios may have three films on their hands that may pass the $1 billion mark. Captain Marvel already joined the club and Spider-Man: Far From Home got a massive post-Avengers: Endgame boost as it also is heading towards $1 billion. Kevin Feige and his team can be proud of the accomplishment that they have managed to achieve within the last eleven years. They turned characters into movie stars that no one would have expected. Yet, we live in an era with two Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy films. A small independent studio became one of Hollywood’s strongest players, as the superhero genre kept beating the fatigue with each year.
The film remained No. 1 for three straight weekends, even beating out tough competition like Detective Pikachu. It took John Wick 3: Parabellum to finally take the behemoth from his throne and still land in second place. By that point, it had already surpassed Avatar‘s gross in the States and while it wasn’t likely to beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Endgame was far from over. Avengers: Endgame may be a high-point that will be hard to beat for years to come but it certainly was a ride for many that grew up watching the films since Iron Man released back in 2008. There was some doubt that the film would make it but here we are.
The timing was also perfect. Right as Marvel Studios unveiled it’s Phase 3 line-up the news broke that Endgame surpassed Avatar at the Box Office. The Marvel blockbuster now stands at $2,789.2 billion. It seemed unlikely that the film would be able to top it even with the addition of a deleted Hulk sequence, a preview of Far From Home and a tribute to the late Stan Lee. Yet, in its 13th weekend, the film managed to finally surpass the original title holder.
How often have you seen the film in theatres? What was your favorite moment?
Source: Variety (Week 3), Variety (Week 4), Deadline