THE AVENGERS Is the 35th Most Watched Movie Ever, As Of June 4th, 2012

by on June 5, 2012

in Entertainment

The Avengers - 3rd highest Box Office GrossAh, right now I’m tickled to see Joss Whedon‘s work on The Avengers go into the record books for all-time box office gross. Yet I don’t know about you, but I get curious as to how many people actually went to see a movie, not just the money spent on it.

That’s always a telling piece if I do say so myself.

It’s always wonderful marketing to be able to say that The Avengers or some other movie has set some sort of PRESENT DAY box office record. Can’t deny that this kind of sales pitch obviously works to catch the consumers eye. But heck, bread used to cost 10 cents and today bread is setting some worldwide record right now for how much money bread is making! But are more people actually buying bread? (Well, probably. World population is higher, but I’m hoping to get my example there.)

Per a piece I caught on THR, they’re reporting that The Avengers is third on the chart of the most money made, ever. To date, having pulled in $1.3 billion at the box office worldwide, it tickles my fancy to see Joss Whedon, someone whose work I’ve been appreciating since 1995, hit it big time. Heck, right now his latest movie has captured twenty-eight (28) different box office category records.

This has him contending with a few James Cameron flicks that are also still holding strong to a few of their own records.


To Be Pragmatic About This:

In 10 years, even Piranha 12DD or whatever they’ll be calling it then, will be able to break all these records because movie tickets will cost more in 10 years. And the various versions of a movie, 2D, 3D, extra large 3D and so forth will cost even more! I previously noted that the 3D movie tickets for The Avengers cost 50% more than the 2D prices and large formatted 3D movie screenings cost 130% more at the ticket window.

And it’s those kinds of ticket prices, combined with fans wanting to see the movie, and either not caring about the format or at least curious enough about 3D to throw their budgetary constraints aside for at least a few hours! And of course, this will probably revamp some studio enthusiasm for releasing more 3D movies. Sigh.

But on a list of domestic releases, and estimations on the number of seats sold, Box Office Mojo makes a great list of how many people attended movies, or tickets sold, and so far, The Avengers is the thirty-fifth most attended movie ever.

It just beat out the likes of Spider-Man, Independence Day, Home Alone, Pinocchio and more on this chart and is sneaking up on movies like Love Story, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ghostbusters, Shrek 2 and even The Dark Knight!

And it does have a long ways to go to catch the most attended movies ever… here’s

The Top-5 Most Attended Movies, Domestically

  1. Gone with the Wind- 202,044,600
  2. Star Wars- 178,119,600
  3. The Sound of Music – 142,415,400
  4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – 141,854,300
  5. Titanic – 135,651,100

With the exception of The Sound of Music, the other four movies have all had some form of theatrical rerelease.

In comparison, almost 70 million movies-goers have gone to see Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Captain America tackle the ever charismatic Loki.

But I also have faith that more and more folk will be hitting up the see The Avengers, though with the quick turnaround from the box office to Blu-ray/DVD (It comes out in September to the Home Entertainment market), it will be cut off at the number of butts in a movie seat record.

Being Non-Pragmatic

But that’s OK… Now James Cameron, Michael Bay, & Steven Spielberg have a new goal, and that’s trying to figure out how or when to dethrone the plethora of box office records Joss Whedon just got his name on with this juggernaut called The Avengers.

Go Joss, go!


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