Avengers: Endgame Crushed at the Box Office, Can Star Wars IX Defeat It?

Avengers: Endgame has already made a record-breaking amount of money– and it’s been out for only a month.

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It’s already made over $2.5 BILLION worldwide, defeating Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Titanic. It now ranks as the second-highest grossing film in the world, behind Avatar which still holds the gold.

Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of 11 years and 22 films, and is possibly the most highly anticipated movie ever. But… Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes out this December. This is the third film in the third trilogy, and the ninth and FINAL of the main Star Wars films. The original Star Wars debuted in 1977, meaning this film has actually been 42 years in the making. But is all this enough to beat out Endgame at the box office?

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Currently the Marvel universe is the highest-grossing film franchise, with a combined box office total of more than $21 billion worldwide, at the time of press. Star Wars is in second place, with a combined box office total of more than $9 billion worldwide — less than half of Marvel’s number. But to be fair, the Marvel catalogue is made of 22 films, and Star Wars is only 10 at this point. (This includes the eight main films, plus Solo and Rogue One, both related films with the subtitle “A Star Wars Story.”)

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If we look closer at individual films, eight of the Marvel movies break the top 50 highest-grossing films worldwide — as do four of the Star Wars films. But… what if we adjust for inflation?

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Adjusting for inflation, TWO Star Wars films break the top 10, and only ONE Marvel movie does. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) sits at number 4 ($3 billion in 2019 dollars), Avengers: Endgame is number 6 ($2.5 billion and counting), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens rounds out the list at number 10. ($2.2 billion).

So what does this mean for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Can it dethrone Avengers: Endgame?

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Marvel movies have continued to smash (Hulk pun intended) at the box office over the last five to seven years, but don’t underestimate Star Wars. The last two movies have also done very well at the box office.

Star Wars has its work cut out for it and it’s going to be incredibly hard to beat the Avengers. It’s a hard choice, but if I were to wager a guess, I think Star Wars will squeak out a win. Movies in December do historically well, because of the holidays. Plus, while superhero fans have waited more than a decade to see the culmination of the Avengers story, Star Wars fans have waited more than FOUR to see the final episode.

Will that be enough? In the words of Kylo Ren, “We’ll see.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20, 2019.

Who do you think will be box office king of 2019 — Avengers: End Game or Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Let us know in the comments!


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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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