‘Avengers: Endgame’ Passes ‘Avatar’ to Become the Biggest Movie In History

No one can deny that Avengers: Endgame is one of the most successful movies of all time.

When it opened back in April, fans crammed into theaters like never before to see the much-anticipated film, which marks the end of Marvel’s 11-year narrative known as the Infinity Saga. Within weeks of its release, the film had grossed billions of dollars, breaking all kinds of records in the process.

Cast of "Avengers: Endgame"
Cast of “Avengers: Endgame” | Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

It started to look like the film could knock Avatar (2009) from the No. 1 spot as the highest-grossing movie of all time. The sci-fi spectacular was a huge commercial and critical hit, raking in billions of dollars and winning troves of awards, including a series of Oscars and Academy Awards.

While some people thought the day would never come, it happened. Avengers: Endgame has officially passed Avatar at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing movie in history.

The gap between Avengers: Endgame and Avatar

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Avatar still has a $500,000 advantage over the Marvel film. However, Endgame will surpass the sci-fi film on July 21 once box office grosses are tallied. So far, Endgame has made $2.789.2 billion worldwide while Disney’s behemoth has made $2,789.7 billion.

“A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted ‘Avengers: Endgame’ to these historic heights,” Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement.

How Endgame beat Avatar

A lot of this has to do with the June 28 re-release of Endgame, which saw the Avengers take on the villainous Thanos (again). The re-release included a new post-credits scene plucked from Spider-Man: Far From Home, a tribute to Stan Lee, and incomplete footage of the Hulk.

As Deadline points out, the superhero film was $37 million dollars shy of Avatar’s record at the time of the re-release, and many didn’t believe it would be able to topple the film. But, well, you know how Marvel fans are — they show up and show out.

The fan reactions to this milestone are wild

As you can imagine, Marvel fans had a lot to say about this moment. Many of them took to Twitter to share their reactions, which were all pretty emotional.

“The movie was worthy of being [the] number 1 grossing movie,” one person tweeted. “WE DID IT,” another added.

But don’t get too excited about this milestone. Avatar has a chance to reclaim its throne. Disney will release four sequels between 2021 and 2027. 

“Even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ remains as powerful as ever,” Horn continued in the statement (via CNN). “The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pandora.”

Agreed. Stay tuned for what Disney and the MCU cook up next. If the past is any indication, viewers are in for some treats.