James Cameron congratulates Avengers: Endgame for besting Avatar
Over the weekend, coincidentally right around the time Marvel was starting its big San Diego Comic-Con presentation, Avengers: Endgame eclipsed Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all time with just under $2.8 billion in ticket sales worldwide.
“Oel ngati kameie, I see you Marvel — congratulations to Avengers: Endgame on becoming the new box office king,” the post read, which included some language of the Na’vi, the blue aliens at the center of the Avatar franchise.
The Russo brothers also took to Twitter to respond, citing Cameron’s decades of cinematic inspiration he’s provided them.
This new record may not stand forever, though, as Cameron is busy making a whopping four sequels to his off-world sci-fi epic. Though it may be a while before we see those debut in theaters.
Avengers: Endgame shattered records when it opened day-and-date April 26 with $1,223.6M globally, including $357.1M and $866.5M internationally. It crossed the $1B mark in just 5 days and the $2B mark in 11. Currently, the film is the #1 domestic and international release of all time, with just under $1 billion and $2 billion respectively. It’s the #1 release of all time in 25 territories, and the #3 highest-grossing film of all time in China with $629M.
Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Sean Gunn, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan and Josh Brolin. It’s still playing in theaters, despite coming out in April.