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Avengers: Endgame fastest film to hit $2 billion in the box office

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LOS ANGELES — Disney’s Avengers: Endgame became the fastest film to gross $2 billion globally in just 11 days, crushing Avatar’s record of 47 days internationally. The Marvel juggernaut now stands as the second-biggest movie of all time with $2.188 billion worldwide.

It has now generated $619 million at the North American box office and $1.56 billion internationally as it continues its unprecedented box-office run, assembling another $145 million at the US box office during its second weekend in theaters.

The popularity of the film became evident from its first days in theaters. After just one week, Endgame had become the fifth-highest-grossing movie of all-time, behind such hits as Avatar and Titanic. Some analysts predict it will ultimately claim the No. 1 spot.

In North America, Avengers: Endgame dipped 59% from its opening weekend. That wasn’t enough to secure the biggest second weekend of all time, a record still held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $149 million. However, it passed Avengers: Infinity War ($114 million) to hold the second-biggest weekend ever. Only six films have ever surpassed $100 million in their second weekends.

Repeat viewings from comic-book enthusiasts, as well as premium formats like Imax and 3D have helped box office receipts reach extraordinary heights. Imax theaters have accounted for $170 million of tickets sold across the globe, while just under $1 billion has come from 3D screens. Only two films in history — Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens — have earned over a billion dollars from the 3D format.

Overseas, Avengers: Endgame remained the No. 1 film in all markets aside from Japan. This weekend, the superhero blockbuster raked in another $282.2 million from 55 international markets. Top foreign territories include China ($575 million), the UK ($89.9 million), and Korea ($82.1 million). Bloomberg/Reuters