Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame has stormed into historic territory, earning $2.19 billion worldwide in less than two weeks to become the No. 2 film of all time, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
That exalted number, which includes the film’s estimated take of $145.8 million this three-day weekend in North America, pushes the superhero blockbuster past Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which netted $2.07 billion, and even Titanic ($2.18 billion).
Only Avatar ($2.79 billion) has done better. Yet Avengers hit its record total in just 11 days, taking in a stunning $575.8 million in China alone.
Hollywood analysts predict a long run for Avengers, which drew a rare 96 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website and features a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.
Trailing Avengers by several light years, rival studios still managed to place new films in the next three box-office spots.
Sony’s psychological thriller The Intruder came in second, at $11 million. Lionsgate’s romantic comedy Long Shot was in third place, STX Films’ animated film UglyDolls placed fourth, at $8.5 million, and in fifth place, hanging strong in its ninth week out, was Disney’s Captain Marvel, at $4.3 million.
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