Avengers: Endgame breaks global box-office record in opening weekend
The numbers are still coming in for “Avengers: Endgame,” as its unprecedented box office success topples records left and right.
Since the Marvel Studios film first began rolling out in theaters on Wednesday, its global box office total has exploded to a mind-boggling estimate of $1.2 billion, a figure that could very well increase after Sunday’s official numbers come in. That includes a $350 million opening weekend in North America — nearly $100 million higher than the previous record set by “Avengers: Infinity War” — and a $330 million five-day opening in China.
And that’s just the biggest of the records.
The Record-Breaking Box Office Of 'Avengers: Endgame,' By The (Huge) Numbers
The star-studded film is the first to take more than $1bn on its debut. Avatar, released in 2009, currently holds the record for highest-grossing film with $2.79bn worldwide. At the very least, Avengers: Endgame will almost certainly surpass Titanic, the 1997 blockbuster starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, which ranks as the second biggest film of all time, taking $2.19bn globally.
Just how big was opening weekend, domestically? Well, Thursday night previews earned $60 million, which is more money than all but 11 2019 films have made in their entire runs. The weekend as a whole is estimated at $350 million, which makes it — per Disney's eager press release breaking down everything but the inevitable popcorn shortage — the first film to ever make $300 million on opening weekend. Friday, it had the biggest single day for any film ever, making $156.7 million in one day. It also had the biggest Saturday ever and the biggest Sunday ever. This is all in spite of the disadvantage of being three hours long, which might limit the number of showings — except that it's being shown at a record-breaking 4,662 theaters.
(One funny grace note to all this is that in second place in U.S. box office this weekend was the MCU's Captain Marvel with an estimated $8.05 million, meaning that the same character appears in the two top films, even if the one in first place made more than 40 times as much this weekend as the one in second place.)