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Avengers: Infinity War becomes fastest movie to make $1 billion

Disney says the Marvel superhero movie crossed the $1 billion landmark on Saturday, 11 days after its release.

Update May 6, 1:19 p.m. PT: Avengers: Infinity War has crossed the $1 billion mark in the global box office this weekend, becoming the fastest movie ever to do so. Disney confirmed Sunday that the film is posting an estimated $275 million in global movie ticket sales for its second weekend, with an estimated global total of $1.16 billion earned so far. That total puts Avengers ahead of 2016's Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 billion) and 2012's The Dark Knight Rises ($1.08 billion).

Original story first published May 5, 8:39 a.m. PT follows:

Avengers: Infinity War is becoming one of Marvel's biggest box office wins.

Disney said Saturday that the movie is expected to cross the $1 billion mark in the global box office in a record-setting 11 days since its release.

This benchmark is the latest record set by the ensemble film, which began its run with a $250 million opening weekend that beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens' previous record of $248 million. And the tickets just kept selling, crossing the $800 million mark on Wednesday.

The emotional ensemble movie brings together the stars of nearly every Marvel movie released over the past 10 years, including Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chris Evans' Captain America, Chris Pratt's Star-Lord, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and many others against mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Disney also said movies made by The Walt Disney Studios -- which in addition to Infinity War include Black Panther -- have made $3 billion in the global box office for the current calendar year as of Friday. That surpasses Disney's previous 2016 record of hitting the milestone by May 6.

First published May 5, 8:39 a.m. PT.
Update 9:13 a.m. PT: Adds additional context.