The Avengers Leaps To Top Six Film Hits Of All-time In A Month

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May 18, 2012 | 2:16pm EST

Record-shattering blockbuster The Avengers has become the sixth biggest film of all-time in less than a month.
The Marvel action film, which opened globally at the end of April and in the US on 4 May, has netted $1.07 billion, surpassing the $1.066 billion raked in by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man’s Chest – the former number six film on the box office takings list.
The film, which stars Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo, has also smashed a new record in the US by becoming the fastest to hit $400 million. It took just 14 days to reach the feat – five days before The Dark Knight hit $400 million.
Film experts expect The Avengers to claim the number one spot on the box office countdown for a third week this weekend with another $100 million -plus three-day take, and, at the same time, become the fourth biggest-grossing film in history.