It made $874 million... and you probably never heard of it.
Captain America may have gotten the better of Crossbones — three times — in the MCU; but Crossbones had the last laugh... in China at least.
The behemoth that is "Avengers: Endgame" has so far failed to topple the country's highest-grossing movie of all time — and one you probably never heard of — "Wolf Warrior 2", starring Frank Grillo.
The action flick raked in $874 million at the Chinese box office when it was released in 2017, well ahead of "Endgame's" current tally of $581 million. The Marvel movie was released there on April 24.
A sequel to the 2015 original, the film sees the return of Wu Jing's Leng Feng — the Wolf Warrior; this time 'round he is protecting medical aid workers in Africa from local rebels and vicious arms dealers, led by European mercenary Big Daddy (Grillo).
The film is also directed by Jing, and stars "Arrow's" Celina Jade.
It's also the highest-grossing non-English film of all time, and was submitted as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but wasn't shortlisted.
Admittedly, "Wolf Warrior 2" did have a little advantage over "Endgame" — it was released during China's annual summer "blackout period" in which foreign movies are not released, so it only had to compete with other domestic movies.
Nevertheless, it is a laudable victory for Marvel baddie Grillo, whose Brock Rumlow not only got beaten up by Chris Evans' Cap in "Winter Soldier" and "Civil War", but was also humiliatingly and hilariously outsmarted again in that "Endgame" elevator scene.
As it happens Endgame isn't even in second place in the all-time Chinese box office; it is currently being held in third by another currently-in-theatres Chinese film called "The Wandering Earth."
The intriguing setup for that one sees a team of scientist attempting to pilot the planet away from the expanding sun, while trying to avoid a collision with Jupiter. The sci-fi flick has already reaped $682 million at the domestic box office; Netflix has already obtained the global streaming rights.