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Infographic: Which Movie Made a Billion Fastest?


Avengers: Endgame is quickly climbing up the box office ladder. It earned an estimated $63 million this past weekend and Avengers: Endgame is now the number one movie at the box office for the third straight weekend in a row. It's domestic cume now stands at $723.5 million. Endgame is the third movie to ever make more than $700 million domestically. It's now the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time ahead of Marvel's Black Panther.

At the time of this writing, there have been 39 movies to make over one billion worldwide and each movie has taken a different path to get there. Some movies, like Avengers: Endgame blast out of the gate and quickly rack up records. Others start slow and march dutifully to the billion dollar mark. Others make a decent amount of money and then get re-released into theaters to make even more like Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

After only 16 days Endgame looks like it might break the record for the highest grossing movie in the world from James Cameron's Avatar ($2.8 Billion). But which of the movies has made one billion (much less two billion) the fastest? I went through decades of articles for each of the movies and tabulated when each movie made one billion and (when applicable) two billion. The start dates are the earliest international wide release and end on the day the box office totals are determined.

The results are surprising, enlightening and fascinating. I hope you enjoy our latest chart.




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1. Avengers: Endgame


Release Date: April 24, 2019
Date Crossed ($1B): April 28, 2019
Days to Reach ($1B): 5
Date Crossed ($2B): May 05, 2019
Days to Reach ($2B): 12
Worldwide Gross: $2,188,698,638

2. Avengers: Infinity War


Release Date: April 25, 2018
Date Crossed ($1B): May 05, 2018
Days to Reach ($1B): 11
Date Crossed ($2B): June 12, 2018
Days to Reach ($2B): 49
Worldwide Gross: $2,048,359,754

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Release Date: December 16, 2015
Date Crossed ($1B): December 27, 2015
Days to Reach ($1B): 12
Date Crossed ($2B): February 07, 2016
Days to Reach ($2B): 54
Worldwide Gross: $2,068,223,624

5. Jurassic World


Release Date: June 09, 2015
Date Crossed: June 22, 2015
Days to Reach: 14
Worldwide Gross: $1,671,713,208

8. Furious 7


Release Date: April 03, 2015
Date Crossed: April 17, 2015
Days to Reach: 15
Worldwide Gross: $1,516,045,911

9. Avengers: Age of Ultron


Release Date: May 01, 2015
Date Crossed: May 15, 2015
Days to Reach: 15
Worldwide Gross: $1,405,403,694

13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Release Date: December 15, 2017
Date Crossed: December 31, 2017
Days to Reach: 17
Worldwide Gross: $1,332,539,889

14. The Fate of the Furious


Release Date: April 14, 2017
Date Crossed: April 30, 2017
Days to Reach: 17
Worldwide Gross: $1,238,764,765

11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2


Release Date: July 13, 2011
Date Crossed: July 30, 2011
Days to Reach: 18
Worldwide Gross: $1,341,693,157

12. Avatar


Release Date: December 16, 2009
Date Crossed ($1B): January 03, 2010
Days to Reach ($1B): 19
Date Crossed ($2B): January 31, 2010
Days to Reach ($2B): 47
Worldwide Gross: $2,787,965,087

3. Marvel's The Avengers


Release Date: April 25, 2012
Date Crossed : May 13, 2012
Days to Reach: 19
Worldwide Gross: $1,518,812,988

7. Iron Man 3


Release Date: April 24, 2013
Date Crossed: May 17, 2013
Days to Reach: 24
Worldwide Gross: $1,214,811,252

15. Black Panther


Release Date: February 13, 2018
Date Crossed: March 10, 2018
Days to Reach: 26
Worldwide Gross: $1,346,913,161

10. Captain America: Civil War


Release Date: April 22, 2016
Date Crossed: May 20, 2016
Days to Reach: 29
Worldwide Gross: $1,153,304,495

17. Captain Marvel


Release Date: March 06, 2019
Date Crossed: April 03, 2019
Days to Reach: 29
Worldwide Gross: $1,120,068,018

18. Beauty and the Beast


Release Date: March 16, 2017
Date Crossed: April 14, 2017
Days to Reach: 30
Worldwide Gross: $1,263,521,126

6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


Release Date: June 06, 2018
Date Crossed: July 05, 2018
Days to Reach: 30
Worldwide Gross: $1,309,484,461

19. Transformers: Dark of the Moon


Release Date: June 29, 2011
Date Crossed: August 01, 2011
Days to Reach: 34
Worldwide Gross: $1,123,794,079

16. Aquaman


Release Date: December 06, 2018
Date Crossed: January 12, 2019
Days to Reach: 38
Worldwide Gross: $1,147,661,807

20. Transformers: Age of Extinction


Release Date: June 25, 2014
Date Crossed: August 03, 2014
Days to Reach: 40
Worldwide Gross: $1,104,054,072

21. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Release Date: December 14, 2016
Date Crossed: January 22, 2017
Days to Reach: 40
Worldwide Gross: $1,056,057,273

22. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


Release Date: May 20, 2011
Date Crossed: July 02, 2011
Days to Reach: 44
Worldwide Gross: $1,045,713,802

23. The Dark Knight Rises


Release Date: July 19, 2012
Date Crossed: September 02, 2012
Days to Reach: 46
Worldwide Gross: $1,084,939,099

24. Incredibles 2


Release Date: June 15, 2018
Date Crossed: July 30, 2018
Days to Reach: 46
Worldwide Gross: $1,242,805,359

25. Minions


Release Date: July 10, 2015
Date Crossed: August 28, 2015
Days to Reach: 50
Worldwide Gross: $1,159,398,397

27. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


Release Date: July 07, 2006
Date Crossed: September 08, 2006
Days to Reach: 64
Worldwide Gross: $1,066,179,725

26. Skyfall


Release Date: October 26, 2012
Date Crossed ($1B): December 30, 2012
Days to Reach ($1B): 66
Worldwide Gross: $1,108,561,013

28. Titanic


Release Date: December 19, 1997
Date Crossed ($1B): February 23, 1998
Days to Reach ($1B): 67
Date Crossed ($2B): April 15, 2012
Days to Reach ($2B): 319
Worldwide Gross: $2,187,463,944
The original theatrical release from December 19, 1997, to 1998 brought in close, but less than, one billion over 307 days. But when you add the additional 12 days from the 3D release it takes it over $1 billion.

29. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


Release Date: December 17, 2003
Date Crossed: February 22, 2004
Days to Reach: 68
Worldwide Gross: $1,120,237,002

30. Toy Story 3


Release Date: June 18, 2010
Date Crossed: August 27, 2010
Days to Reach: 71
Worldwide Gross: $1,066,969,703

32. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Release Date: December 14, 2012
Date Crossed: March 03, 2013
Days to Reach: 80
Worldwide Gross: $1,021,103,568

33. Alice in Wonderland


Release Date: March 05, 2010
Date Crossed: May 27, 2010
Days to Reach: 84
Worldwide Gross: $1,025,467,110

31. Despicable Me 3


Release Date: June 14, 2017
Date Crossed: September 08, 2017
Days to Reach: 87
Worldwide Gross: $1,034,799,409

35. Frozen


Release Date: November 27, 2013
Date Crossed: March 03, 2014
Days to Reach: 97
Worldwide Gross: $1,290,000,000

37. Finding Dory


Release Date: June 16, 2016
Date Crossed: October 09, 2016
Days to Reach: 116
Worldwide Gross: $1,028,570,889

38. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace


Release Date: May 19, 1999
Date Crossed: May 23, 2012
Days to Reach: 275
Worldwide Gross: $1,027,044,677
The original theatrical release brought in $431 million, but when you add the additional 103 days from the 2012 3D release it takes it over $1 billion.

39. Jurassic Park


Release Date: June 11, 1993
Date Crossed: May 23, 2013*
Days to Reach: 640
Worldwide Gross: $1,029,939,903
The original 1993 theatrical release brought in $970 million, but when you add the additional 144 days from the 2013 3D release it takes it over $1 billion.

The box office numbers increase every day. While the industry struggles as a whole box office numbers keep climbing. Will we one day see a movie break the three billion mark? Only time will tell.

What do you think of the chart? Which movie do you think most deserves it's one billion? Do you think we'll see a movie break three billion? Let us know in the comments below!

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