What do The Hulk, a young Leonardo DiCaprio, and a drunk pirate have in common? Each features in one of the rare movies to earn a mammoth $1 billion at the global box office. The Avengers became the 12th blockbuster to join the club Sunday, after the superhero symphony scored yet another record-breaking weekend. Here's a statistical look at this elite group of movies:
Films that have grossed more than $1 billion
Worldwide gross of The Avengers, according to Box Office Mojo. It's already surpassed The Dark Knight, to become the 11th-highest grossing member. The Batman flick grossed about $1 million less.
Days it took The Avengers to reach the milestone
Amount The Avengers will likely earn over the next two weeks, says Richard Corliss at TIME, which would make it the fourth highest-grossing film ever. The film could eventually top the third-place blockbuster, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which amassed $1.3 billion over its theatrical run.
Worldwide gross of Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time
Days it took Avatar to break the billion-dollar mark, faster than any other film
Worldwide gross of Titanic, the second highest-grossing film of all time, and the first to score more than $2 billion
Films in the $1-billion club that are sequels or parts of a franchise
Films in the club that are the concluding installments of a hit franchise: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and Toy Story 3
Pirates of the Caribbean films that are in the club: 2006's Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion) and 2011's On Stranger Tides ($1.04 billion)
Animated film in the club. Toy Story 3 grossed $1.06 billion.
Films in the club that were released in the past three years
Films in the club that were released before 2000: Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999) and Titanic (1997)
Films in the club released during the summer movie season
Films in the club produced by Disney: The Avengers, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and two installments of Pirates of the Caribbean
Films in the club directed by James Cameron: Avatar and Titanic, the two highest-grossing films of all time
Films in the club nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards: Avatar, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and Toy Story 3
Films in the club that won the Best Picture Oscar: Titanic and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Films in the club nominated for Worst Picture at the Golden Raspberry Awards, which celebrate the worst in film: Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace