It may have only been in cinemas for three weeks, but it seems Avengers: Endgame (2019) will soon be the inevitable box office king, as it closes in on reigning champion Avatar (2009) at a frightening pace. After opening to a staggering $1.2 billion dollars globally back in April, the Marvel megolith has barely slowed down, crossing the $2 billion dollar bracket on its second weekend and adding another $63 million dollars in America alone these last few days. In the US it currently sits as the third-biggest film of all time, while on an international stage it has overtaken Titanic's (1997) colossal $2.2 billion lifetime gross to earn an unprecedented $2.48 billion - just $300 million short of James Cameron's Pandoran epic.
Speaking of the famed director, on Wednesday Cameron tweeted his congratulations to the superhero team on their win, writing: "To Kevin and everybody at Marvel, An iceberg sank the real Titanic. It took the Avengers to sink my Titanic. Everyone here at Lightstorm Entertainment salutes your amazing achievement. You've shown that the movie industry is not only alive and well, it's bigger than ever!". It follows a long history of film executives paying homage to their competition when their records are broken, with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy congratulating Marvel Studios just last year after Avengers: Infinity War (2018) became the then biggest domestic opening, ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). While the comic-book champions have even done the same - praising Jurassic World (2015) when it roared to victory.
Meanwhile, with the official #dontspoiltheendgame spoiler ban now lifted, star Chris Evans used his weekend to share some special behind the scenes photos, including one of his make-up for Old Man Rogers. The look comes from the final moments of the film, which see Captain America travel back in time and live-out his days with his love Peggy, returning rather aged to pass on his shield to Falcon. The full effect was apparently achieved mostly through practical effects, but with some use of CGI as well. As director Anthony Russo told EW: "It was a very elaborate makeup job that was then augmented with CG... You can't shrink Chris Evans' neck on set, you know what I mean? He's still got that yoke neck."
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