The Avengers surpasses Titanic’s US box office take

2012-06-27 09:07

The superheroes of The Avengers have notched a real-world achievement to match their onscreen heroics.

According to a Walt Disney pictures statement yesterday, the action movie was set to pass the $600-million (about R5 billion) mark in US box office receipts, surpassing the milestone set by Titanic following its 1997 release.

Titanic, directed by James Cameron, held the US box office record until Cameron beat it with his 2009 film Avatar.

The Avengers already had a number of records to its name, including best opening weekend, second weekend, and fastest film to reach $200 million, $300 million, $400 million, and $500 million.

While the film’s popularity is no doubt remarkable, when adjusted for inflation the movie is just one of many big earners for Hollywood.

According to Box Office Mojo, when converted to 2012 dollars, 27 movies have grossed over $600 million in the US, including 1994’s Forrest Gump ($622.1 million), 1973’s The Sting ($706 million), 1959’s Ben-Hur ($776.2 million), and 1939’s Gone With the Wind ($1.6 billion).

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