Published: Tue, April 30, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Avengers: Endgame beats box office records with $1.2bn debut

Avengers: Endgame beats box office records with $1.2bn debut

The film that brought together the OG Avengers as they take one last stand against Thanos has earned $1.2 billion in its opening weekend, making records in multiple countries including the U.S. and Canada. Endgame topped that all by itself.

This means that Marvel and Disney continue their stranglehold on box office money, now having the two biggest global openings of all time in Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War. It broke records in 44 other markets, too.

Disney will officially report its earnings early this week, though ComScore's estimates are more than enough to marvel (pun intended) at this historic happening. Endgame also holds the domestic box office records for fastest to $100 million (17 hours), as well as biggest single day, biggest Saturday, and biggest Sunday in the history of movies.

With this kind of juice, there's every reason to believe "Endgame" will challenge the $2.07 billion worldwide gross of "The Force Awakens", set in 2015. The film took in an estimated $329 million haul in China over its five-day opening. In doing so, the film has surpassed the opening weekend collections of "all Hindi films" and emerged as the "biggest Hollywood opener" in India till date. For comparison, Aquaman earned $298 million in the region during its entire run.

Avengers: Endgame is now the fastest movie of all time to cross the billion-dollar mark with $350 million made in the USA over the weekend, and a huge $859 million in foreign box office.

"Endgame" also shattered the opening record in North America.

Despite a running time of 181 minutes, theater owners had to release more shows of the Marvel flick as the crowd thronging to cinema halls kept trickling in.

A glorious end to a decade long fanaticism, Avengers: Endgame is just the movie Marvel fans needed to rest in peace. That's when Johansson grabs Downey Jr's arm and says, "Don't lie to him, we're never coming back".

To accommodate demand, the Walt Disney Co. released "Endgame" in more theaters than any opening before.

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