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“The Avengers” hits $1 billion worldwide, moves ahead of “The Dark Knight”

A scene from Marvel's The Avengers

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The box-office victories keep rolling in for “The Avengers.” Not only did the first joint production between Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios hit the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales this weekend, but it also surpassed “The Dark Knight” to become the 11th highest-grossing film of all time.

The $1 billion box-office tally is especially notable due to “The Avengers” reaching that mark in just 19 days, despite only showing in the U.S. for 10 of those days. Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up film has now earned an estimated $373.2 million in North America and $628.9 million internationally.

“We’re obviously thrilled with the global success of The Avengers,” said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s Chairman and CEO, in an official statement regarding the film’s record-breaking second weekend. “It’s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come.”

“The Avengers” is the first Marvel film to reach the $1 billion mark, and the fifth Disney film to do so after “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Toy Story 3,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Its worldwide tally of $1,002.1 million this weekend puts it just ahead of “The Dark Knight,” which has earned $1,001.9 million since premiering in 2008.

Among all of these other accolades “The Avengers” is also the fastest film to reach $200 million in the U.S. (it reached the mark in three days), the fastest to reach $300 million (nine days), and it now ranks as the highest gross for a Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) of all time.

Basically, the future has never looked brighter for Marvel’s cinematic universe.

Of course, all this success made it somewhat of a given that a sequel to “The Avengers” would get the green light, and Disney gave it the official go-ahead last week. The plot of that film — and all of the Marvel movies that will premiere in the meantime — remains securely under wraps, but that hasn’t stopped us from making a few guesses, as well as a few requests.

The next Marvel Studios movie to hit the big screen will be “Iron Man 3,” due out May 3, 2013.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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