As Avengers: Infinity War wraps up its theatrical run this week, it has surpassed a major milestone; it has beaten Titanic to become the fourth biggest box office in North America. This makes it the second biggest domestic box office for a Marvel film, having done less than Black Panther by $22 million. The number one film is still Avatar, followed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It may be worth noting all four films are now Disney properties.
The latest Avengers also sits at #4 internationally, with Avatar, Titanic, and Star Wars in the first, second, and third slots, respectively.
When one calculates in home video and merchandising/licensing deals, it’s hard to imagine a more successful film in recent history. Indeed there hasn’t been anything like the run Marvel has seen since the fervor around the original Star Wars series.
With the dramatic ending of Infinity War, and the likely success of the next lead in Marvel films, Ant-Man, and Captain Marvel, it’s easy to see a path for the follow-up Avengers film to even bigger numbers. But, can anything topple the insane success of Avatar, which sits at a nearly $2.8 billion box office, while Infinity Wars is at $2.05 billion? We’ll see next year.