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'Avengers' tops 'Star Wars' on box office chart

4:33 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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The glow of Darth Vader's light saber just dimmed a bit in the box office standings.

According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, "The Avengers" has taken the No. 5 spot with $463.35 million on the all-time domestic chart from 1977's "Star Wars."

Marvel's superhero smash success reached that mark after raking in another $5.68 million on Monday -- its 18th day in theaters.

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The domestic box office total for "Star Wars" is $460.99 million.

"The Avengers" will reach the No. 4 spot in a matter of days by toppling 1999's "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace," which has earned $474.544 million domestically to date.

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Despite a slew of new releases, "The Avengers" has held the top spot each weekend since it was unleashed in the U.S. on May 4.

On the all-time worldwide box office chart, "The Avengers" has reached the No. 4 spot with $1.186 billion.

2009's "Avatar" holds the biggest box office take domestically ($760.5 million) and worldwide ($2.78 billion), according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

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