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'Avengers' Pass 'Dark Knight' Box Office!

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Jun 01, 2012 | 11:26am EDT

ALTOn Friday, June 1 after just 29 days of release the box office juggernaut "The Avengers" will surpass "The Dark Knight" to become the 3rd highest grossing film of all-time in North America! "The Dark Knight" was the very definition of the word-of-mouth blockbuster, but was more a marathon runner reaching the $500 million plateau in North America after 45 days (vs."The Avengers" record 23 days) and played for a total of 231 days in theaters to ultimately reach $533,345,358.

The 2008 Christopher Nolan masterpiece boasted an incredible Oscar winning and legendary performance by the late Heath Ledger as the Joker and solidified its mythological status as only the second film at the time to earn over half a billion dollars at the box office (at that point only "Titanic" had reached this benchmark, 'Avatar" would come later as it was released on December 18, 2009). "The Avengers" should reach the $550 million mark by the end of the weekend in just 31 days and thus continue its astounding box office run.

The information below is courtesy of Disney: Marvel’s The Avengers will become the third highest grossing film domestically, passing The Dark Knight ($533M). Today or tomorrow the film will become the third highest grossing film on a global basis passing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($1,328M).

The Avengers estimated cumulative performance to date as of Thursday, May 31

Int’l GBO: $790.2M Dom GBO: $532.5M GLOBAL: $1,322.7M

International It currently stands as the #5 film of all-time internationally (#4 is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with $803M).

Domestic It currently stands as the #4 film of all-time domestically, and crossed $500M in just 23 days, setting a new speed record overtaking Avatar which took 32 days to reach the same threshold.

Global The Avengers currently stands as the #4 film of all-time globally. #3 is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which stands at $1,328M.

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