The Blue King is dethroned. While Marvel’s SDCC panel was going on, Disney and Marvel Studios announced that Avengers: Endgame will take the top spot by the end of this weekend, beating out Avatar.
According to a report from THR, Endgame will hit $2.7892 billion on Saturday, and then on Sunday will pull in more othan $500K, putting it at past the $2.7897 record held by Avatar since it made the record in early 2010, following its December 2009 debut.
“Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron’s Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience,” said Disney Chief Creative Offier Alan Horn in a statement provided to THR. “The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pandora.”
It’s important to note that when Avatar hit, Marvel was barely a thing in the world of movies, and Avatar was part of Fox. Now, Disney owns Fox and Avatar, and Marvel is a cinematic powerhouse. Even with its dominance of the all-time top 10, it still took until Endgame to surpass the massive international success of James Cameron’s sci-fi epic.
We’ll see what the future holds when Avatar 2 releases on December 17, 2021 – which also happens to be just after Marvel finishes releasing its newly-revealed batch of MCU films. Can Avatar 2 measure up? Do you remember any of the names of the Na’vi from Avatar? We’ll find out in 2021.