Avengers: Endgame is currently the highest-grossing movie of all time, but it will have to settle for second place (for now) in the cinematic history books when it comes to all-time domestic box office. The Force is stronger than even Iron Man, it seems.
After 20 weeks, and 140 days, Avengers: Endgame closed its domestic release on September 12, per Box Office Mojo. Avengers 4 may still be bringing in some pennies from overseas, but it's no longer playing in the U.S. or Canada. Here's the final amount:
That domestic gross puts Avengers: Endgame forever behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has a domestic tally of $936,662,225, a difference of about $78.3 million.
However, Endgame is ahead of Avatar, which earned $760,507,625 at the domestic box office in 2009. Now, if we adjust for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens drops down from #1 to #11, and Avatar edges out Endgame down at #15 and #16.
While Star Wars: Episode VII topped Avengers 4 on the domestic front, Endgame easily beat The Force Awakens at the foreign box office. The Force Awakens made $1,131,561,399 overseas in 2015-2016. Avengers: Endgame made $1,937,901,401 internationally in 2019, and that may tick up a tad from here, but not significantly.
Avengers: Endgame's current worldwide total is $2,796,274,401. Compare that to $2,789,679,794 for the previous world-record holder, Avatar. It's a difference of about $6.5 million. So close! (Maybe another Avatar re-release could cover it?)
After that, we have $2,187,463,944 for James Cameron's other top movie Titanic; and then $2,068,223,624 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The fifth highest-grossing movie ever is Avengers: Infinity War's $2,048,359,754. After that, the worldwide list includes Jurassic World, The Lion King (2019), and Marvel's The Avengers.
That's worldwide, unadjusted, including both domestic and foreign markets. Just on the domestic front -- unadjusted -- Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers: Endgame, and Avatar are followed by Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Titanic, Jurassic World, Marvel's The Avengers, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Incredibles 2.
Disney owns most of those films, but we know James Cameron has several more Avatar films ahead, and Jurassic World 3 is filming soon to open in 2021. On the Disney front, though, Frozen II is still to come this November, along with Disney-owned Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December. The Last Jedi may have been controversial, but it still made plenty of money, and the end of the nine-film Skywalker saga should still top $1 billion even with a tough lead-in.
Are you surprised in any way by how much Avengers: Endgame made at the domestic box office? Did you think it would beat The Force Awakens, or does it not matter since it did beat everything in total $$$ so far? Keep up with everything heading to the big screen this year with our 2019 movie release date schedule.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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