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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.