Avengers Surpasses Harry Potter, Becomes Third-Biggest Film Ever

It looks like superheroes are more popular than boy wizards. Need proof? According to The Hollywood Reporter, this weekend Marvel’s The Avengers surpassed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 to become the third highest-grossing film of all time in the global box office. It also unseated The Dark Knight  to become the No. 3 film of all time in North America.

The total to date for the Joss Whedon-directed blockbuster is $1.331 billion. The two films still ahead of The Avengers happen to both be by James Cameron: Avatar at No. 1 with $2.8 billion, and Titanic at No. 2 with $1.8 billion.

Could the Marvel Studios/Disney film go on to topple Cameron’s juggernauts? It’s highly, highly unlikely. But just in case, we have our “Avengers sinks Titanic” headlines ready to run.

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  • 0bsessions

    Unfortunately, it’s pretty much past the point where it’s feasible to topple Titanic in any capacity (Now that we’re approaching direct competition like ASM and TDKR), but it’s had a phenomenal run that even the most generous projections weren’t figuring on.

    Now, on to the DVD/Blu Ray records!

  • http://twitter.com/leandroprieto Leandro Prieto

    “Hallows”.

  • RunnerX13

    Just wait for the 4-D re-release in 20 years :)

  • RunnerX13

    Just wait for the 4-D re-release in 20 years :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNSG46XGRGJCS6V3ZLCZ7YXWEY Ian

    So with these top three films, was the acting what made the films gross so high, or was it just the CGI for the techno-files always looking for their next highest pixelation rate fix?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XNSG46XGRGJCS6V3ZLCZ7YXWEY Ian

    So with these top three films, was the acting what made the films gross so high, or was it just the CGI for the techno-files always looking for their next highest pixelation rate fix?

  • 0bsessions

    In all likelihood it’s a combination of release schedule and special effects.

    Titanic and Avatar were films that had the benefit of being blockbusters released in what is typically the offseason for big budget films. As a result, they had minimal competition for long runs at the box office.

    To a lesser extent, Avengers used this practice by releasing extremely early in May, basically getting a big jump on the blockbuster season.

    Additionally, the special effects of all three gave them a “you must see this film in a theater” effect.

  • 0bsessions

    In all likelihood it’s a combination of release schedule and special effects.

    Titanic and Avatar were films that had the benefit of being blockbusters released in what is typically the offseason for big budget films. As a result, they had minimal competition for long runs at the box office.

    To a lesser extent, Avengers used this practice by releasing extremely early in May, basically getting a big jump on the blockbuster season.

    Additionally, the special effects of all three gave them a “you must see this film in a theater” effect.

  • Mark

    When you look at the two movies ahead of Avengers the one thing that jumps out is the international sales which are key to pushing the number north of the 1 billion mark. I dont think it will catch Avatar but I do believe it will end up number 2 all time. Regardless of where it ends up, whomever at Marvel that made the decision to self finance these films is looking like a genius right now. I still think the funniest thing about the Avengers is reports that falafel sales increased by 90 per cent after the release!

  • Lyle

    I remember finding it amusing when I read the headline: “Avengers Sink Battleship”

  • HP-Titanic-HG

    No way. Harry Potter is a gazillion times better. And there is no way in heaven or hell it could beat Titanic unless the world hates me…though it must do already seeing as it beat HP. 
    Your-totally-upset-and-fustrated

  • WhatWhyNot

    The only reason why Avatar and Titanic are in the #1 and #2 spots are due to the re-release of the movies. It gave it a great extra boost and since Box Office records count them all together, the numbers for the re-release add to the original release numbers. Let Avengers get re-released shortly before it hits DVD and add a few scenes in it like with Avatar… I bet it will become the #1 movie of all time.

  • http://twitter.com/btmarino84 Brian Marino

    I’d love it if it could take Titanic but 500 million is a lot more to make.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Yamada/100001820883138 Joshua Yamada

    AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!

  • Geelo

    You are very misinformed about that. Avatars rerelease only added 11 million to it’s initial release BO, which was at around $750m. Without the rerelease it would still be in first place by $150 million, a ridiculously Titanic did benefit more from it adding about $60m to it’s total, but once again without those extra numbers it would be in the same spot at #2.