There has never been a movie like Avengers: Endgame and this weekend’s box office reflects that.
The 22nd film in the Marvel cinematic universe become the first film in history to break $300 million in its first weekend and it did so handily, grossing a super-heroic $357 million on its way to claiming the best opening weekend of all-time. That easily tops the previous record of $257 million set by Avengers: Infinity War by a jaw-dropping $100 million.
Simultaneously, Avengers: Endgame became the quickest film to surpass the $1 billion benchmark worldwide, grossing $1.2B globally during its opening run. It’s important to note that the film opened on Wednesday in some markets, including China, so this worldwide haul, while undoubtedly impressive, does include a couple extra days of earnings.
Worldwide, Avengers: Endgame is already the third highest-grossing Marvel film and the 8th highest-grossing film of all-time.
Other notable records Avengers: Endgame managed to break include, but are not limited to:
- Best Thursday Preview: $60M (Previous record: $57M– Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
- Largest Friday, Opening Day and Single Day: $156.7M (Previous record: $119M– Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
- Largest Saturday: $109 million (Previous record: $82M– Avengers: Infinity War)
- Largest Sunday: $84.3 million (Previous record: $69M– Avengers: Infinity War)
- Fastest film to hit $100M, $200M, $300M & $350M
- Highest domestic opening weekend market share: 89.7% (Previous record: 84.5%– Avengers: Age of Ultron)
- This means that nine out of every 10 dollars spent on a movie ticket this weekend went towards Avengers: Endgame. Wow!
Despite the lack of money to go around for all the other movies currently playing in theaters, Marvel did manage to snatch up the second place at the box office as well. Captain Marvel jumped up $8.3M over the weekend. It was the studio’s first film to cross the billion-dollar mark in 2019, which it did earlier this year.
The Curse of La Llorona came in just under at number three with an $8M take. The faith-based adaptation Breakthrough claimed number four with $6.8M. Shazam! rounded out the top five with $5.5M. This is the first time in history that three comic book films have claimed three of the top five spots at the box office.
What do you make of these results? Are you shocked by the unprecedented success of Avengers: Endgame? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!