The Dark Knight Rises has some real competition this summer, as The Avengers has now made over $1.07 Billion dollars worldwide. That puts it as the sixth highest grossing film ever, and it crossed $400 domestic last night – making it the fastest film to do so – which puts it at the number twelve spot for all time domestic grosses.

This means by the end of this weekend – where the film is projected to do anywhere from $50-$60 Million domestically – the film will have the record for fifth or sixth highest gross for domestic totals, either right behind or just above Star Wars. Yes, The Avengers will have made more money than Star Wars shortly – and it already has internationally. It’s also in the position to be the fourth highest grosser worldwide by the end of the weekend, which would put it ahead of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

When you start adjusting for inflation, the picture is much different. The film will have to crack half a billion to enter the top fifty domestic grosses, and even a $600 Million total wouldn’t crack the top twenty five. So the film will have to settle for being the third highest grossing film worldwide, and likely the third highest grossing film (unadjusted) domestically.

What does this mean? More Marvel, more comic book movies and more Avengers.

How many times have you seen The Avengers?