In Avengers: Endgame, the heroes vowed to do whatever it takes to bring back The Vanished. Meanwhile, people around the globe vowed to do whatever it takes to watch the movie in theaters in its opening weekend.
Months ago, we had been wondering whether Avengers: Endgame would be able to break the domestic and global opening weekend records at the box office set by Avengers: Infinity War ($257.7 million domestically and $640.5 million globally) last year. As time went by, the chances of that happening grew larger.
For the past week or so, we have had a newer burning question: Will the movie become the first one in history to surpass $300 million domestically and $1 billion globally in its opening weekend? And now, the answer is here: yes and yes!
According to a press release issued by The Walt Disney Company, the latest Marvel Studios-produced, Russo Brothers-directed flick has debuted with an estimated $350 million in North America and an estimated $1.209 billion worldwide. It also has, with an estimated $859 million, dethroned The Fate of the Furious ($443. 2 million) as the biggest overseas debut of all time.
These are just a few of the box-office accomplishments that Avengers: Endgame has attained. Here's a bunch more as pointed out by Disney in its press release!
- No. 1 domestic Thursday previews ($60 million)
- No. 1 domestic single-day gross and No. 1 domestic Friday gross ($156.7 million)
- No. 1 domestic Saturday ($109 million) and Sunday ($84.3 million) grosses; Saturday is first $100 million+ day without previews
- No. 1 China opening day ($107.8 million) and opening weekend ($330.5 million) and already ranking as the No. 4 non-local film ever released there
- Fastest film to $1 billion globally (five days)
- Eighth Marvel Studios film to cross $1 billion; second to cross $1 billion this year (with Captain Marvel)
- Biggest industry opening weekend across all regions and in 44 markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, France (admissions, non-local), Italy (non-local), Spain, UK/Ireland
- Biggest industry single-day grosses in 29 markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, UK/Ireland
- Biggest IMAX global debut ($91.5 million)
It remains to be seen whether Avengers: Endgame can shatter all-time highest-grossing records set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million) at the domestic box office and Avatar ($2.8 billion) at the global box office. At the moment, nothing looks impossible for the movie which has attained a 96 percent approval rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes and an A+ CinemaScore from moviegoers.