Avengers: Endgame has been causing quite the storm at the worldwide box office, grossing a massive $2.3 billion in just 3 weeks. This places Avengers: Endgame as the 2nd highest-grossing movie of all time after dethroning James Cameron’s Titanic. If it can muster an extra $500 million, Avengers: Endgame will dethrone James Cameron’s Avatar as well.
I honestly didn’t expect to hear anything from James Cameron, but the director shared this on his Instagram:
Obviously, this achievement deserves to be recognized and the fact that Cameron did in such a fun and playful way is brilliant, however, part of me almost feels that there is an apology hidden in there.
Let me take you back to 2018, just before Avengers: Infinity War hit the theaters. James Cameron received quite a lot of criticism after saying this:
“Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on, guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”
It seems that Cameron underestimated the power of superhero films. Not only did Avengers: Endgame hit the $2 billion mark in just 11 days, but it also earned a record-breaking $157 million in just 1 day. Even Avengers: Infinity War was close to beating Titanic, it just needed an extra $130 million.
Now, I do believe that his post was genuine, everyone around the world has been celebrating what Avengers: Endgame has been able to do in such a small amount of time, but considering his comments about superhero movies in general, I can’t help but feel that Cameron may be regretting what he said.
It’s not a competition. But it would be amazing to see Avengers: Endgame take the number 1 spot as the highest grossing movie of all time. The next question to ask is whether Avatar‘s sequels can do the same at the box office. Since Avatar was such a massive deal in shaping CGI technology, it is no surprise that it grossed that much, I believe there was an aura of curiosity which brought people to the theater. However, can it be done again? particularly after such a long wait and multiple delays. We’re getting the Avatar sequel on December 17, 2021 (12 years after the first film); Avatar 3 on December 22, 2023; Avatar 4 on December 19, 2025; and Avatar 5 on December 17, 2027.
Do you think Avengers: Endgame can dethrone Avatar? Let us know in the comments.
James Lister is a University student in the UK, currently undertaking his Masters degree in Media & Communication. He has a strong passion for everything Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and Anime related.