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September 3, 2012

'The Avengers' grosses over $1.5 billion at global box office

Joss Whedon's superhero ensemble is the third highest-grossing film of all-time

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The Avengers has now taken over $1.5 billion (£940 million) at the worldwide box office.

According to Deadline, the film crossed the milestone after a successful North American re-release to coincide with Labor Day, a US national holiday that takes place today (September 3). The global total for The Avengers, which was first released in May (2012), now stands at $1.502 billion (£946 million).

The superhero ensemble movie, written and directed by Joss Whedon, is already the third biggest movie ever. Only 2009's Avatar and 1997's Titanic, both of which grossed over $2 billion (£1.26 billion) worldwide, have earned more at the box office.

Last week, Whedon admitted that The Avengers is "not a great movie", but insisted that he is proud of the film despite its flaws. A sequel is scheduled for a May 2015 release.

Whedon was initially hesitant about helming the sequel, calling the first film "an enormous amount of work telling what is ultimately somebody else's story". However, his return was confirmed earlier this month (August 8) when he signed an exclusive deal with Marvel which also involves developing a spin-off TV series.

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