11 Years. 22 Movies. It’s no surprise that Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of the long-developing Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been a massive box office success. Still, nothing could have prepared us for the astounding level of success this movie has reached in its opening weekend.

  • Let’s start right at the top. Avengers: Endgame earned a record-shattering $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening weekend.
  • That obliterates the record of $640 million, which was set just last year by Avengers: Infinity War.
  • In fact, Avengers: Endgame has earned more than the next two films on the list (Avengers: Infinity War and The Fate of the Furious) combined.
  • Domestically, Endgame earned $357 million over the weekend, breaking another record set by Infinity War last year, by nearly $100 million.
  • Since Endgame climbed to the top of that list, Disney films account for 11 of the top 12 on the list of domestic opening weekends, with the only outlier being Jurassic World at number five.
  • With the film only having hit theaters a few days ago, it seems silly to talk about all-time earnings, but Endgame has had enough success already that it has entered the top tier of all-time grossing films.
  • After just a handful of days, Endgame is already the 50th highest grossing film of all-time domestically and the 18th highest worldwide.
  • In the worldwide rankings, it sits just about $125 million behind the final Harry Potter film for a spot in the top 10, again after just a few days in theaters.
  • It is also already nearly halfway to the all-time record of $2.788 billion worldwide, currently held by James Cameron’s (and now Disney’s) Avatar.
  • Some of the film’s other box office records include:
    • Top international ($859 million) debut
    • Top domestic Thursday previews ($60 million)
    • Top domestic single-day gross and No. 1 domestic Friday gross ($156.7 million)
    • Top China opening day ($107.8 million) and opening weekend ($330.5 million)
    • Fastest film to $1 billion globally (five days)
    • Biggest industry single-day grosses in 29 markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, UK/Ireland
  • It’s also worth noting that the number two film domestically this weekend was Captain Marvel, which added another $8 million to its total, bringing it up to $413 million domestically and $1.1 billion worldwide.

What they’re saying:

  • Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios: “From the very beginning with Iron Man, all we’ve wanted to do was tell stories that brought these characters to life onscreen the way we’ve experienced them as fans of the comics. That we’ve had so many other successes in this journey leading to this unbelievable result with Avengers: Endgame has been almost entirely due to the fans around the world who have supported us through it all. Our directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, and our writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, really brought this story home, and I am also incredibly thankful for our cast and filmmakers from across the MCU and all who’ve worked so hard to make these films the best they can be, including the amazing teams at Marvel Studios and Disney. And of course, without Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, none of this would have been possible.”
  • Directors Anthony and Joe Russo: “We poured our heart and soul into Avengers: Endgame, hoping to tell a story that would inspire audiences around the world. Our family of cast and crew felt honored to be entrusted with bringing the Infinity Saga to a close. To Kevin Feige, everyone at Disney and Marvel, and the incredible, global community of fans—thank you.”
  • Alan Horn, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios: “Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theater both in terms of storytelling and at the box office. Though Endgame is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend’s monumental success is a testament to the world they’ve envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world.”
 
 

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