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July 21, 2019, 5:12 p.m. EDT

‘Avengers: Endgame’ passes ‘Avatar’ as highest-grossing movie ever

Marvel blockbuster tops $2.79 billion worldwide

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From left: Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper (voice) and Paul Rudd star in “Avengers” Endgame.”

LOS ANGELES — The global box office has a new king in “Avengers: Endgame.”

The superhero extravaganza this weekend usurped “Avatar” to become the highest-grossing film of all time, with an estimated $2.79 billion in worldwide grosses in just 13 weeks.

“Avatar” held onto the record for a decade at $2.789 billion.

"Avengers: Endgame" crept past "Avatar" to become the highest grossing film of all time.

The title comes with a few caveats, however, including the fact that “Avatar’s” grosses are not adjusted for inflation. Also, domestically, “Avengers: Endgame” is No. 2 to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by around $80 million.

Kevin Feige, president of Walt Disney Co.’s /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS -4.31%   Marvel Studios, gave a shout-out to “Avatar” director James Cameron Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con for holding the record for so long. Feige also noted the inflation technicality and said Cameron will probably hold the title again someday.

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