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Avengers: Endgame tops Avatar as highest-grossing film ever

The global box office has a new king in Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel blockbuster has accumulated an estimated $2.79 billion US worldwide in 13 weeks

Avengers: Endgame has surpassed James Cameron's Avatar as the top grossing film worldwide, not adjusted for inflation. (Marvel Studios)

The global box office has a new king in Avengers: Endgame.

The superhero extravaganza this weekend usurped Avatar to become the highest grossing film of all time, with an estimated $2.79 billion US in worldwide grosses in just 13 weeks.

Avatar has held onto the record for a decade at $2.789 billion.

Avatar, made in 2009, has held the record for a decade. (20th Century Fox/AP )

The title comes with a few caveats, however, including the fact that Avatar's grosses are not adjusted for inflation. Also, domestically, Avengers: Endgame is No. 2 to Star Wars: The Force Awakens by around $80 million.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gave a shout-out to Avatar director James Cameron Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con for holding the record for so long. Feige also noted the inflation technicality and said the Canadian filmmaker will probably hold the title again someday.

Cameron's long-delayed Avatar 2 is scheduled to open in theatres December 17, 2021.

With files from CBC News

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