'The Avengers' Crosses $1 Billion Mark Worldwide

After claiming the no. 1 spot for the second week in a row and crossing the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office sales, it seems The Avengers is virtually unstoppable.

Director Joss Whedon's Marvel superhero mash-up scored an estimated $100.3 million this weekend -- making it the only movie in history to earn more than $100 million its second week in theaters. (It's total is now $373.2 million domestically.)

The movie's record-breaking Mother's Day weekend in the U.S. propelled The Avengers past the $1 billion total in worldwide ticket sales -- only 19 days after it opened overseas.

Starring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), The Avengers has already become a huge breakout franchise aggregating popular individual superhero films and potentially spawning others (like possibly another Hulk). Not to mention that there's already a sequel in the works.

"You never think that it can happen this quickly," said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney. "You hope you can get to this day, and the fact that it is happening this early is a testament to a lot of work that went in on the Marvel side over the last six years to get us to a place where people wanted to see the Avengers assemble."

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