The Avengers hits $1.5 billion worldwide

The summer's two superhero blockbusters continue to storm the global box office, with The Dark Knight Rises passing the $1bn mark and The Avengers reaching a staggering $1.5bn.

The Avengers has now climbed to $619.5m domestically, which puts it third in the all time charts, behind Titanic on $658.6m and Avatar on $760.5 million. The Dark Knight Rises has a little way to go to catch up, sitting currently down in ninth on $431.1m.

The same two films sit above The Avengers in the all-time worldwide chart, with Titanic on $2.1bn and Avatar on a jaw-dropping $2.7bn. Something tells us that Jim Cameron's 3D epic will be hanging on to that title for a while to come.

As for this week's chart, The Possession is currently sitting on top of the pile after a $17.7m opening weekend, while Lawless is in second on $11.8m. The Expendables 2 sits just behind those two on $8.8m in third.

Next week sees Bruce Willis thriller The Cold Light Of Day enter the reckoning. Chances are it won't trouble the two spandex-clad big hitters, but you never know… it might give The Possession a run for its money!

George Wales

George was once GamesRadar's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it. But now he's working at Stylist Magazine.