'Avengers: Endgame' now tantalisingly close to Avatar's box office record

Ben Arnold
Avengers: Endgame (Credit: Disney)

Thanks to its cunning re-release, Avengers: Endgame is now just inches from Avatar's decade-long record of being the highest-grossing movie of all time.

It brought in another $5.5 million - around £4.3 million - in the US over the weekend, after Marvel re-issued the film with some additional footage (though in many locations, it hadn't actually left screens) over the weekend.

The footage includes a short scene introducing 'Professor Hulk', which adds a little more detail to how Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner managed to successfully combine Banner with his green alter-ego.

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There's also a tribute to Marvel founder Stan Lee, who died before he could see the final movie in the MCU's 22 film arc, as well as a preview from Spider-Man: Far From Home.

But this extra bump in revenue means that in all, Endgame has made $2.76 billion, leaving it around $26 million to go before it breaks Avatar's $2.78 billion haul from 2009.

Of course, as ever with talk of highest box office hauls, there are a few caveats to put in place.

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When accounting for inflation over the past decade, Avatar would have made something like $3.2 billion, a figure which could well prove just that little bit out of reach for Endgame, despite it breaking the record for hitting $1 billion over its opening weekend alone.

Avatar was far slower out of the blocks, making its record-breaking sum over many months on release worldwide.

When the matter of inflation comes into play, Endgame is actually placed at number five in the top 10, behind Star Wars ($3.06 billion), Titanic ($3.09 billion) and Avatar.

Gone With The Wind is in the top spot, having made $3.7 billion in 1939, a gargantuan feat, considering that ticket prices were a fraction of what they are now.