We’re only in the fifth month of 2019, and a mere day in at that, so the following news is perhaps not that impressive: As per Comicbook.com, Avengers: Endgame is already the highest grossing film of 2019. This isn’t a surprise: Few films have ever been as hotly anticipated as the sequel to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Evidently people weren’t even this stoked for even Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whose opening weekend domestic haul was over $100 million less than Endgame’s record-shattering $357 million domestic take.
Anyway, that was this weekend. As of Wednesday, on its fifth full day of release, Endgame’s grosses went up to $427 million domestic, and $1.48 billion worldwide.
We all knew this would happen. Still, it is impressive for two big reasons. For one, it reached this milestone fast. Endgame’s showings only began last Thursday night, meaning it’s nabbed this title in under a week.
For another, what is now the second highest grossing film of 2019 so far — another Brie Larson film called Captain Marvel — grossed a lot, too. Right now, Captain Marvel’s tally stands at $415 million domestic, $1.11 billion total. (It’s also the number two movie in America.) That means Endgame managed to make what an incredibly, absurdly, monumentally popular film has managed to make in two months, and in less than a week.
So bow down before Endgame, but also consider this: This is only the film’s first week. Marvel heads love to revisit their favorite films, and the strong response to Endgame — even from critics — means it may wind up toppling the highest grossing film of all time: Avatar, which raked in $2.7 billion ten years back.
Then again, the real target Endgame should be aiming for doesn’t involve blue aliens, or even sinking ships, à la the second highest grossing film ever, Titanic. Adjusted for inflation, the top spot goes to 1939’s Gone with the Wind, whose tally today would equal $3.7 billion — and that’s just what we know from an era of not always comprehensive data collecting. Perhaps not even Thanos is strong enough to conquer Scarlett O’Hara.