Chris Hemsworth in “Avengers: Endgame.” Walt Disney Studios

From 'Gone With the Wind' to 'Endgame': What Makes a Record-breaking Blockbuster?

‘Avengers: Endgame’ took in $2.3 billion within just 18 days and could well supplant ‘Avatar’ as the highest-grossing film of all time. What makes that a cultural event that can’t be ignored?

The first time I saw it, I started crying when she jumped off the lifeboat, and the second time, I started in the opening credits, Nick Kopple, a 16-year-old from New York, told The Observer in 1998. The...

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