"The Avengers" adds another $28.4 million overseas Monday, upping its worldwide gross to $702.2 million in 13 days
"The Avengers" continues to look like a world-beater, running its overall global gross past the $700 million mark in just 13 days of release.
Disney and Marvel Entertainment's superhero saga brought in another $28.4 million at the foreign box office on Monday, which was a public holiday in the U.K. and Russia.
The upped its overseas total to $475.8 million. Added to its $226.4 million domestic gross, the film has now taken in $702.2 million worldwide.
"The Avengers" has already passed the total global box-office haul for "Captain America" ($364M), "Thor" ($449), "Iron Man" ($585M) and "Iron Man 2" ($624M).
The blistering box-office pace puts "The Avengers" on track to become Marvel's first film to break the $1 billion mark in worldwide grosses.
The all-time box-office leaders are "Avatar," which rang up $2.7 billion in 2009 to break the mark of $2.1 billion set by "Titanic" in 1997.
Those two films appear out of reach, but "The Avengers" could well pass last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," which made $1.3 billion worldwide, according to Jeff Bock, a senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co.
"The Avengers" will almost certainly top the U.S. box office again. It's only competition this week will be Warner Bros.' "Dark Shadows," starring Johnny Depp.
The following week will bring "The Dictator," "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and "Battleship."
The film has opened in the majority of overseas territories but should play strongly for weeks. it will open in Israel and Poland this weekend and Japan (Aug. 17).
Among the more notable achiements of "The Avengers" is breathing some life back into Disney's mega-flop "John Carter."
The Hollywood Reporter notes that some drive-in movie theater operators are playing "The Avengers" and "John Carter" as a double bill at some 150 locations nationwide. As a result, "John Carter" rose from No. 38 to No. 12 on the box-office charts.
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