Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man and a whole host of other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters have finally been the ones to defeat the worldwide box office record of James Cameron’s Avatar.
Endgame managed to squeak past Avatar’s record of $2,789,679,794 and is currently at $2,791,424,137, which shows how close this box office race of titans has been and how fine the margins could be for the next box office champion.
Now the unthinkable has been achieved by Endgame the question is raised as to what film will next claim the crown of box office.
Avatar’s record has lasted just under a decade and therefore it could be a long while until Endgame falls. But it might not actually take all THAT long…
Let’s look at the list.
1. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.
Rise Of Skywalker may be dismissed as a potential box office titan due to the mixed audience reception of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the outright box office bomb that was Solo: A Star Wars Story.
2. Avatar 2
From the least likely breaker of Endgame’s record, is Avatar 2. It is 10 years in the making and is sure to be a box office titan, but can it beat Endgame? Avatar 2 will certainly have a large build up and anticipation on its side as well as a sure fire effect spectacle from James Cameron. Effect spectacles can be more profitable due to increased sales in more expensive showings, such as IMAX and 3D.
3. Avengers 5.
A leading contender for Avengers: Endgame’s box office championship would have to be the sequel. The historic trend of Avengers movies increasing at the box office over their predecessor, with the exception of Avengers: Age of Ultron, suggests that Avengers 5 has a strong chance to become the new global box office leader.
4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The current sequel to the Harry Potter franchise is currently smashing records! Such as the record for highest all-time weekly sales of any play at a staggering $2.5 million in December 2018 and gaining critical acclaim. This is seen by its 6 wins at the 2018 Tony Awards, at theatres around the globe and a return to the movie theatre could prove equally profitable.
Perhaps the least exciting prospect of a “new” worldwide box office coronation would be that of the former champion Avatar returning to reclaim its throne.
Avatar would achieve this through a re-release, which has been rumoured as a tactic Disney may use in order to boost anticipation for Avatar 2. Disney may choose to re-crown Avatar as box office king in order to allow marketing for Avatar 2 to use the tagline “sequel to the highest grossing movie of all time” which would likely draw in more moviegoers.