Avengers: Endgame surpasses Avatar's $2.788BILLION record to become the highest grossing movie of all time
- Avengers: Endgame beat Avatar over the weekend, execs said on Saturday
- Marvel chief Kevin Feige announced the milestone at Comic-Con in San Diego
- Avatar became the highest grossing movie of all time in 2009 after raking in $2.788billion at the box office
- Now Avengers: Endgame have beaten the decade-long record
- Avengers was released in April but remains in 1,400 US theaters this weekend
Avengers: Endgame has surpassed Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, without adjusting for inflation.
Marvel chief Kevin Feige and his team announced the milestone late Saturday afternoon on stage at Comic-Con in San Diego.
James Cameron´s Avatar set the previous record with a $2.788 billion haul in 2009.
On Friday, Avengers was just $500,000 short of the record, and the film's official take was not yet clear on Saturday until weekend box office receipts are tallied.
Chris Hemsworth is seen in character as Thor in Avengers: Endgame. The movie on Saturday surpassed Avatar as the highest grossing movie in history
Top-grossing movies in history
- Avengers: Endgame (2019): $2,788,000,000+ (and counting)
- Avatar (2009): $2,788,000,000
- Titanic (1997): $2,187,500,000.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $2,068,200,000
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018): $2,048,400,000
Released in April, Avengers remained in some 1,400 U.S. theaters over the weekend.
The movie was re-released in June with an additional six minutes of footage in a bid to top Avatar's record.
Adjusted for inflation, the highest grossing movie of all time remains 1939's Gone With The Wind, which took in the equivalent of roughly $3.5 billion in today's dollars.
On Friday, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo it would be a 'big thrill' to pass the all-time box office record held by Avatar.
Joe Russo, left, and Anthony Russo participate in a conversation with the Russo Brothers on day two of Comic-Con International on Friday in San Diego
'James Cameron has always been an idol of ours - he fed our passion for filmmaking from the beginning, and to be so close to one of his great films is really special,' said Anthony at San Diego Comic-Con, the world's largest pop culture convention.
'By the way has, anyone not seen 'Endgame?'' Joe Russo asked, as the crowd of 8,000 laughed. 'If not you should leave now.'
As Feige took the stage at Comic-Con, many expected him to announce plans for the next phase of Marvel films.
However, details of what exactly will happen and who might appear at this point are being more closely guarded than one of the series' infinity stones.