It’s official. Avengers: Endgame is the biggest movie ever

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark

It finally happened. It took the better part of three months and one theatrical re-release, but Avengers: Endgame has topped $2,789.7 billion at the global box office to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Going into Comic-Con 2019, Endgame take totaled $2,789.2 billion, a mere $500,000 less than the former record holder, James Cameron’s Avatar. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige kicked off Marvel’s 2019 Comic-Con panel by announcing that Endgame was all but certain to close the gap by the end of the weekend. Variety and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Marvel’s projections moments later.

The overall box office crown is the biggest record that Avengers: Endgame holds, but it’s not the only one. Last spring, Marvel Studios’ long-awaited conclusion to the Infinity Saga passed the $2 billion mark in a mere 11 days, making it the fastest film ever to reach that milestone. Avatar, the previous record holder, took 47 days to reach that threshold.

On the domestic front, Avengers: Endgame is currently the second-highest grossing film with $853 million in box office receipts. Only Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens did better. However, the first installment in Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy still holds the record for the best second weekend in North American cinemas, as Endgame‘s $145.8 million haul couldn’t quite top the $149 million that Star Wars earned in its second frame.

Avengers: Endgame started breaking records well before it actually arrived in theaters. As soon as advance tickets went on sale on April 2, online retailers like Atom and Fandango were flooded with traffic, leading to long loading times, site crashes, and delays for customers.

None of those problems deterred Marvel fans, however. On Fandango, it only took six hours for Avengers: Endgame to sell more tickets than any other movie during its first 24 hours of availability, beating the previous record holder, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, in just 24 hours. On Atom Tickets, Endgame outsold the second-place finisher, Aquaman, four-to-one. Over at Regal Cinemas, the first eight hours of advance ticket sales for Endgame resulted in more sales than the film’s predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, racked up in an entire week.

The hype didn’t stop once Avengers: Endgame hit theaters. Thursday night screenings crushed The Force Awakens‘ overall takes, netting Disney and Marvel $60 million domestically and resulting in the best “preview night” earnings ever.

After that, the records just kept falling. With $157 million in box office proceeds on Friday, April 25, Avengers: Endgame had the best single-day gross of all time. It had the all-time biggest opening weekend, earning $357 million domestically –about $100 million more than Avengers: Infinity War earned a year prior. No film has reached $350 million (in three days) or $400 million (in four days) faster.

And those are just the domestic numbers. If you take the international box office into account, Avengers: Endgame made a staggering $1.2 billion over its first five days (it took Avengers: Infinity War, the previous winner, 11 days to cross the $1 billion threshold), obliterating expectations and securing the title of best opening weekend ever. Avengers: Endgame did have one advantage, however: It played on more screens during its opening weekend than any movie before it — and yet screenings still sold out.

Avengers: Endgame was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and is a direct sequel to 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, which ended when the alien warlord Thanos snapped half of the living beings in the universe out of existence. It’s also the swan song for a number of high-profile Avengers, but don’t worry: Marvel has plenty of new heroes, including the Eternals, waiting to fill in in the gaps.

Updated on July 20, 2019: Updated box office numbers and added Endgame’s new record.

Movies & TV

New Westworld trailer teases WWII scenes and the return of a favorite host

We all have a role to play: That's the theme for this season of Westworld, for humans and hosts alike, as shown in this new trailer. It features some familiar faces, new locations, and the return of an old friend.
Movies & TV

The Eternals: Everything we know about Marvel’s phase 4 movie

Angelina Jolie will join Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, and Richard Madden in The Eternals, the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie based on the characters of the same name. They were created by comics legend Jack Kirby.
Movies & TV

Disney+: Everything coming to the streaming service so far

Disney's direct-to-consumer streaming video service Disney+ will launch with an impressive catalog of classic content, new projects, and original shows and movies. Here is everything confirmed and rumored to be coming to the platform.
Movies & TV

Edward Furlong, Terminator 2's John Connor, returns for Terminator: Dark Fate

The most recent Terminator films didn't do so well, but now James Cameron has returned to try and reinvigorate the franchise. Here's everything we know about the cast, crew, and story of the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate movie.
Movies & TV

Comic-Con 2019 preview: The biggest movie and TV panels you won’t want to miss

Even with more competition than ever, Comic-Con International is still one of the biggest pop culture events of the year. For the latest news about your favorite shows and movies, these are the biggest panels to follow.
Movies & TV

The new trailer for Star Trek: Picard features a crew of familiar faces

If you're not excited for the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard yet, you will be once you watch the new trailer for Star Trek: Picard. It shows an older, more pensive Picard and the return of many familiar faces from Trek.
Movies & TV

The colorful weirdness of Marvel’s The Eternals is coming in November 2020

Marvel Studios is already lining up the start of phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At SDCC today, more details were revealed about the next installment in the franchise, The Eternals.
Movies & TV

Go beyond the Ring Gate with a sneak peak of The Expanse season 4

After getting axed by the SyFy network after three seasons, The Expanse, the best sci-fi show no one is watching, was rescued by Amazon Prime. Now there's a new teaser trailer giving a glimpse of what we can expect to see in season 4.
Movies & TV

Marvel Phase 4: Mahershala Ali is Blade, Natalie Portman returns, and more

Well, now we know. At Comic-Con International 2019, Marvel Studios laid out what's coming to the MCU in phase four, confirming projects like Black Widow and Thor 4, and unleashing some big, big surprises.
Movies & TV

From Hawkeye to Hit-Monkey, here’s every Marvel show and movie coming your way

The MCU's third phase might have ended, but Marvel's takeover of theaters and TV screens is just getting started. If you're hungry for more superhero action, here's every upcoming project to look forward to, from the MCU and otherwise.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream this week: A unique Frankenstein tale

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: Into the Dark: Culture Shock, Queer Eye season 4, and more.
Movies & TV

The best new podcasts for the week of July 12: American Hysteria and more

Feel like you’re drowning in podcasts? In this weekly series, we’ll help you pick out the best of the new and returning shows. This week’s picks include urban legends, earthquakes, Andy Richter's questions, and tech history.
Movies & TV

Two time-Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will play vampire hunter Blade in reboot

Marvel Studios is bringing vampire-hunting superhero Blade back to the screen with a reboot starring two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali. The project was announced during San Diego Comic-Con.
Home Theater

Step aside set-top boxes. The best streaming sticks are tiny, just as powerful

Which streaming stick reigns supreme? We pit the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra against the Roku Premiere+, Roku Streaming Stick+, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K to help you decide which one belongs in your living room.