Avengers Assemble set to hit $1bn at box office

Katie Roberts

By Katie Roberts

May 16th 2012 at 11:19AM
Avengers Assemble set to hit $1bn at box office

UK box office has taken over £40 million to date, with audiences still heading to cinemas.

The film is set to break the $1 billion threshold at the global box office, after 19 days of release, making it the first Marvel Studios film and the fifth Walt Disney Studios release to reach this important milestone.
 
The news comes just a week after Marvel Avengers Assemble broke records with a $207.4 million opening weekend in the US, the biggest domestic debut of all time.

The film has now earned an estimated $373.2 million at the US box office and $628.9 million internationally. As one of only 12 films in history to gross $1 billion, it joins Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Disney’s list of billion-dollar films.
 
"We’re obviously thrilled with the global success of The Avengers," said Robert Iger, Disney’s Chairman and CEO.

"It’s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come."
 
Avengers Assemble has also set several US box office records including the industry’s all-time second weekend record with an estimated $103.2 million, fastest film to reach $200 million (three days), fastest to $300 million (in a record nine days), and highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals. 
 
On May 8th, Disney announced that a sequel to Marvel Avengers Assemble is in development.