‘Avengers’ Becomes Third-Highest-Grossing Movie Ever

Superhero flick trails behind two James Cameron blockbusters in the first and second all-time-gross spots.
By Terri Schwartz

Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson in the "Avengers"
Photo: Marvel

Watch out James Cameron because "The Avengers" is coming for you next.

Marvel's all-star team of superheroes has officially become the number-three highest-grossing movie of all time in the United States as well as worldwide, besting "The Dark Knight" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" for the honor. As of June 1, the movie made $538 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide, placing it behind only Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar."

That's not the only number-three spot "The Avengers" is in. "Snow White and the Huntsman" has debuted with a strong $20 million Friday gross in its debut weekend, knocking "Men in Black 3" from its top spot last weekend. "MIB3" came in second on Friday with an $8.3 million intake, while "The Avengers" rounded out the top three with $5.7 million. In all likelihood, that ranking will be indicative of the rest of the weekend as well.

Considering "The Avengers" has been in theaters for a month, that's some pretty strong continued momentum. We'll attribute some of it to fans wanting to support their favorite Avengers going into the 2012 MTV Movie Awards weekend. Captain America and Thor are facing off against each other in the Best Hero category, but they've got some stiff competition in the form of Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen and "21 Jump Street" 's Jenko.

There's only a very slim chance that "The Avengers" will climb any higher on the all-time box-office charts. In the U.S., it would have to top $659 million to oust Cameron's "Titanic" and cross $761 million to beat "Avatar." And it seems even less likely that it will pass either of those movies worldwide, as it would have to more than double its international grosses. Still, not too shabby for Marvel's group of superheroes.

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