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The Avengers set to pass the $600 million mark today

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Along with only two other films in history

After less than two months in theaters, The Avengers is set to become only the third film in history to pass $600 million domestically.

Along with only two other films in historyThey say it’s lonely at the top.

But lucky for James Cameron, he finally has some company up there. The Avengers is set to pass the $600 million mark today, a feat only accomplished by Cameron films Titanic and Avatar.

“Marvel's The Avengers opened in North America May 4 with a staggering $207.4 million, the biggest domestic debut of all time,” said a Disney rep. “[It] has been shattering domestic box office records ever since.”

Titanic hit the $600 million mark after 252 days and Avatar hit the mark after 47 days, making The Avengers’ 54 days pretty impressive.

Avatar to date has grossed just over $760 million domestically and Titanic is just under $659 million. With how quickly The Avengers has gotten to this point, they are on the path to overtake Titanic, and soon.

The film also hit the industry's all-time second-weekend record with $103 million.

The Avengers is at almost $1.45 billion internationally, making it the third highest-grossing film worldwide also.

“Among only 12 films that have grossed $1 billion at the global box office, Marvel's The Avengers is one of five billion-dollar Disney releases,” said Disney, “which also include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

The list of top 10 domestic films is rounded out by The Dark Knight at $533.3 million, Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace at $474.5 million, Star Wars at $461 million, Shrek 2 at $441.2 million, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial at $435.1 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest at $423.3 million and The Lion King at $422.8 million, according to E! News.

E! News also reports that The Avengers has also outgrossed the three films in the same series leading up to its release: The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor.

Thor 2 is in production now and is set to be released in 2013.

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