‘Avengers: Endgame’ surpasses ‘Avatar’ to become the world’s biggest movie of all time for ticket sales

July 20, 2019

by Carla Hay

After breaking several box-office records, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” has now broken the ultimate box-office record. The movie has now surpassed 2009’s “Avatar” as the world’s biggest-selling movie of all time for ticket sales. “Avengers: Endgame” (which opened worldwide on April 26, 2019) now has $2.793 billion in worldwide ticket sales, compared to $2.790 billion for “Avatar,” according to Box Office Mojo. In the U.S. and Canada, “Avengers: Endgame” had a total haul of $857 million.

Before reaching this historic milestone, “Avengers: Endgame” shattered box-office records for the highest-grossing opening weekend in movie history, with a whopping $350 million in tickets sold in the U.S. and Canada, and a total worldwide haul of $1.2 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. The previous record was held by 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” which had opening-weekend sales of $258 million in the U.S. and Canada and $641 million worldwide.

“Avengers: Endgame” easily became the world’s highest-grossing movie of the 2010s decade, surpassing 2014’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” whose ticket sales totaled $914 million in the U.S. and Canada and $2.1 billion worldwide. (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is still the No. 1-selling movie of all time in the U.S. and Canada.) “Avengers: Endgame” then became the world’s No. 2 highest-grossing movie of all time, surpassing 1997’s “Titanic,” which had $659 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and a total haul of $2.2 billion in worldwide ticket sales.

On June 28, 2019, “Avengers: Endgame” was re-released in theaters, which helped push the movie’s box-office numbers past “Avatar.” The re-release had previously unreleased bonus footage during the end credits.

The home-video release of “Avengers: Endgame” is also expected to shatter home-video sales records. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment  will release the movie in the U.S. release on digital download  on July 30, 2019, and Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on August 13, 2019. The movie’s U.K. release on Digital HD and Blu-ray is on September 2, 2019.

As previously reported, “Avengers: Endgame” co-director brothers Joe and Anthony Russo will be doing a “We Love You 3000” tour of the U.S. to promote the movie’s home-video release. The title of the tour comes from the “I love you 3000” line that Tony Stark/Iron Man and his daughter Morgan say to each other in “Avengers: Endgame.” The Russo brothers also directed “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Even though “Avengers: Endgame” clocks in at about three hours, several movie theaters (including AMC Theatres in numerous cities) stayed open 24 hours a day during the movie’s opening weekend to accommodate the demand for tickets and screenings. Some theaters remained open for 24 hours even after the opening weekend so that they could have round-the-clock “Avengers: Endgame” screenings for the movie’s entire first week in theaters. As previously reported, advance ticket sales for “Avengers: Endgame” caused crashes on several websites that sell movie tickets including AMC Theaters, Alamo Drafthouse, Atom Tickets and Fandango.

“Avengers: Endgame” has a superhero cast that includes Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (played by Chris Evans), Black Widow (played by Scarlett Joahnsson), Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner), War Machine (played by Don Cheadle), Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) and Captain Marvel (played by Brie Larson). “Avengers: Endgame” reveals what happened to all the superheroes who “died” in “Avengers: Infinity War.” The remaining superheroes band together to go after supervillain Thanos (played by Josh Brolin), who was responsible for wiping out half of the universe’s population at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”