Avengers: Endgame was a box office powerhouse when it released in April, but despite its monster opening, the movie wasn’t quite able to take the box office earnings record from another enormous movie: Avatar. That’s no longer the case, according to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, who just announced at San Diego Comic-Con that Endgame took Avatar’s box office record.
There’s a catch, though.
“I literally just heard from our folks at Disney Distribution that Avengers: Endgame will be the biggest film of all time,” Feige said during the Marvel Studios panel in Comic-Con’s Hall H. “You have to shout out to [Avatar director] James Cameron–if you adjust for inflation he still holds that title, but right now, thanks to you folks in Hall H, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all time.”
That means that in straight numbers, Endgame has surpassed Avatar’s total box office take of $2.78 billion. But as Feige mentioned, the world was different in 2009, when Avatar was released, and inflation means that $2.78 billion was worth more then than it is now.
You might also recall that Disney and Marvel Studios worked pretty hard to get that record out of Cameron’s hands. The company returned Endgame to theaters on June 28 so it could soak up even more money. Before its “farewell” tour, Endgame had only raked in $2.74 billion. Still, a record is a record, and Disney fought to take this one.