"The Avengers" Crosses $1 Billion At Global Box Office; Development On "The Avengers 2" Begins

After 10 days of release, Marvel and Disney's The Avengers has officially crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box-office, a feat that is certain to be added to the long list of records the film has broken since last week's massive $200+ million dollar opening weekend.

If you're one of the eight people left in the world who has yet to see The Avengers, do yourself a favor and get to a theater near you as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed and, in fact, will be treated to one of the most entertaining, enjoyable, and all-around bad-*ss films ever put on screen. 

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The Avengers second-weekend U.S. haul of $103.2 million has helped place the film at #11 on the "All-Time Worldwide Grosses List," behind films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Avatar, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Analysts expect the film's worldwide total to increase exponentially over the next month or two, suggesting that The Avengers could end up in at least the top 5 when all is said and done

In related news, THRhas reported that Disney CEO Robert Iger announced during a recent conference call with analysts that development has begun on the highly-anticipated follow-up to what should surely will become this summer's biggest movie.

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Before fans and the general movie-going audience gets to feast their eyes on The Avengers 2, though, Marvel will be releasing Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 next year, as well as Captain America 2 and a currently unrevealed new Marvel film in 2014. In other words, don't expect The Avengers 2 to melt your brain until 2015 at the earliest.

And now, for the question on most people's minds: how will The Dark Knight Rises fare come July 20?