Walt Disney Pictures announced that The Avengers will likely pass the $600 million mark of the domestic box office. It will be the third film to get that much. The first movie that broke the barrier was Titanic when it got $600.8 million after its first domestic run. It got $57.9 million for its 3D release last spring.
Director James Cameron got his second $600 million movie with Avatar in 2009. It earned $760.5 million in the United States box office. It is still safe to say that it will remain the number one grossing movie in the domestic box office.
It is still unknown as to how much The Avengers will earn before its run ends. Last weekend it got $7.2 million to place eighth. It’s a 19 percent drop from the previous week. The upcoming Fourth of July holiday will likely improve its earnings more.
The Avengers has shattered several records in its current run, which include opening weekend, second weekend, and fastest movie to break the $200 million, $300 million, $400 million and $500 million marks.
The Avengers managed to get all these remarkable achievements but it should be pointed out that they are less impressive when adjusted for inflation. According to Box Office Mojo, when converted to 2012 dollars, 27 movies could have made more than $600 million in the United States. These include Forrest Gump ($622.1 million), The Sting ($706 million), Ben-Hur ($776.2 million), and Gone with the Wind ($1.6 billion). While there are more movies that reached the mark when adjusted for inflation, The Avengers is just the third in recent history to do so.
When it comes to worldwide box office numbers, only 12 movies managed to get over $1 billion. Five of the flicks come from Disney. These are The Avengers, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man’s Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.