Sometime today, The Avengers will become the third movie ever to earn over $600 million at the domestic box office. It is reaching that milestone on its 54th day in theaters, which is a week longer than it took Avatar (47 days). Including its foreign gross, the movie's worldwide total now sits at an incredible $1.44 billion.
The Avengers started its remarkable box office run with a record-shattering $207.4 million opening weekend. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the movie's appeal reached well beyond the fanboy crowd, and it has held incredibly well in its eight weeks in theaters. Its debut currently accounts for 34.6 percent of its gross, which is a lower share than predecessors The Incredible Hulk (41.1 percent), Iron Man 2 (41 percent), Captain America: The First Avenger (36.8 percent) and Thor (36.3 percent).
The Avengers continues to earn plenty of money, and this past weekend it eased 19 percent to $7.2 million. Based on its trajectory, it could wind up as high as $630 million, though that assumes its able to continue generating interest after The Amazing Spider-Man opens next Tuesday.
On Wednesday, The Avengers will pass the original run of Titanic ($600.8 million), though it won't eclipse Titanic's combined $658.7 million (including April's 3D re-release) unless it gets a major re-release at some point.