These are the highest-grossing movies of all time

Avengers Endgame is now the highest-grossing film of all time (ScreenGeek)
  • Avengers: Endgame is now the highest-grossing movie of all time;
  • Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa looks at how Nigerians contributed to the success of Avengers: Endgame;
  • And the remaining highest-grossing movies of all time.

'Avengers: Endgame' has managed to dethrone Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time.

The Marvel superhero ended James Cameron's 10-year reign when it crossed $2.7902bn (£2.23bn) at the box office on July 21, 2019. Avatar has grossed $2.7897bn since it was released back in 2009.

Making the announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said, "You have to shout-out to Mr James Cameron, who held that title for a long time."

Cameron will "probably get the title again as soon as he puts out another movie," he added. "But for right now … 'Avengers: Endgame' is the biggest film of all time."

How Avengers: Endgame became the most successful movie in history

The Marvel blockbuster has broken and set several box office since its release in April. Breaking records previously held by 2018's 'Avengers: Infinity War', it amassed $853 million at the domestic box office and an extra $1.9 billion internationally.

It also did really well in Nigeria, debuting with N22.5 million on opening day. The superhero movie went on to make N188 million in its first weekend, setting a new record for the biggest opening in the country. 

This title was previously held by 'Black Panther' after made N135.4 million in its first weekend. Then, it raked in a total of N304.9 million in seven days. It ruled the Nigerian box office for three weeks until 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' came out.

Reacting to the movie's international success, Alan Horn, Disney co-chairman and chief creative officer, said, "A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted 'Avengers: Endgame' to these historic heights."

Here are the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time:

  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)$2.790
  • Avatar (2009)$2.789
  • Titanic (1997)$2.187
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)$2.068
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)$2.048
  • Jurassic World (2015)$1.671
  • Marvel's The Avengers (2012)$1.518
  • Furious 7 (2015)$1.516
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)$1.405
  • Black Panther (2018)$1.346
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